That’s Why I Am Me Today …

That’s Why I Am Me Today

By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee





Take my hand … walk with me

Down the halls of my mind

Let me show you the many doors

I have … we may open one, or more

Come … let me show you why I am me

See that door right there

I’ll open it a moment … let you see

Don’t be sad for me … that began me

See the little baby girl at the window

On tiptoes looking out at the children playing

A man comes to pick her up

Carries her to a small room full of shelves

Lays her down on the floor

Puts a cookie in her hand

I want to play she says

The man doesn’t hear her

His mind is on the girl child

And what he’s going to do

Let’s close the door now, we don’t want to see

It’s alright … it helped to shape the person I am

Another door opens … cries are heard

A woman screaming at a preteen girl

Slapping her in the face, knocking her down

Scratching her arm leaving life-long scars

Close the door … it’s just another thing in my life

To help shape me to why I’m me today

We’ll look behind this door … see what’s there

Oh yes … more sadness, pain … grief

One door after the other … cries come from each room

Once in a while a door is opened … laughter peals out

Most of the rooms in my mind are full of pain

Pain of every kind … emotional, physical

I know how pain feels so, I try never to hurt anyone

Though at times it can’t be helped

I try to be kind because I know how it feels

To be treated in an unkindly manner

The me today has a big, caring Heart filled with love

Though I guard it carefully … staying private to myself

I care about people, animals

The bad things in my life didn’t go to waste

I learned from them … I grew stronger from them

That’s why I am me today

I have weathered many of life’s wildest storms

I am still standing like the redwood tree

Weather-beaten, worn down but, still here

With a smile on my face because I’m glad I’m me

I can live with myself inside … where I’m at peace

Not rich, famous … a nobody but … somebody

I’ll let go of your hand now … now, look at me

I hope you see a real person in front of you

One who cares about everything … everyone

I hope you like me

Note by this Author:

A poem written from my real feelings.  Photo/Poem are both owned by me … #Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee



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