Poems on ageing: “Now I become myself” by May Sarton

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Now I become myself

Now I become myself. It’s taken
Time, many years and places;
I have been dissolved and shaken,
Worn other people’s faces,
Run madly, as if Time were there,
Terribly old, crying a warning,
“Hurry, you will be dead before—”
(What? Before you reach the morning?
Or the end of the poem is clear?
Or love safe in the walled city?)
Now to stand still, to be here,
Feel my own weight and density!
The black shadow on the paper
Is my hand; the shadow of a word
As thought shapes the shaper
Falls heavy on the page, is heard.
All fuses now, falls into place
From wish to action, word to silence,
My work, my love, my time, my face
Gathered into one intense
Gesture of growing like a plant.
As slowly as the ripening fruit
Fertile, detached, and always spent,
Falls but does not exhaust the root,
So all the poem is, can give,
Grows in me to become the song,
Made so and rooted by love.
Now there is time and Time is young.
O, in this single hour I live
All of myself and do not move.
I, the pursued, who madly ran,
Stand still, stand still, and stop the sun!

by May Sarton

— From Collected Poems 1930 – 1993 by May Sarton

5 Comments Add yours

  1. What a beautiful and true picture of who we really are, Amira and I found the poem so apt. Where have we got lost as we have grown and taken on so many roles and responsibilities. Hope we could just be ourselves. Lovely poem.

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    1. So very true dear kamal! So very true…so many roles, and so many responsibilities… and now we can finally become who we truly are 🙂

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      1. Yes absolutely true Amira ♥️♥️♥️ so many roles have we played. Let us now atleast take our journey of knowing who we really are. 🙏🙏🙏🙏

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  2. LindaP says:

    Such truer words never spoken!

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    1. Wonderful comment Linda! Thank you! Let us stop the sun! 🙂 ❤

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