The Man

Some people just won't leave a guy alone . . .

A pesky fellow follows me

In all I do each day,

Annoying me with comments

As I go along my way.


I set about the things I want

With busy hand and mind,

And all the time this irksome guy

Tags right along behind


He scrutinizes every move

Advising me with glee.

I call this ever-present nag

"The man I want to be."


I try to walk an easy route;

He shows a better path,

And if a shortcut I would take

I'm sure to face his wrath.


I'll start to say some hurtful thing

In bitter repartee

And have to hear the scolding

Of that man I want to be.


"Just hold your tongue," he'll interject,

"That wouldn't be quite right;

You'll thank me later when it's time

To try to sleep tonight."


Sometimes when, weary, I would rest

And be less than I should;

He gently but insistently

Requires me to be good.


As irritating as he is

He's really only me,

Incessantly reminded of

The man I want to be.


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ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 28, 2013 at 03:30 PM
After reading your poetry, I like you just as you are....
Sheila Sanchez January 28, 2013 at 11:11 PM
I don't mind that pesky "lady." She keeps reminding me of all I want to become! Beautiful poem, Steve! Thank you so much!
Tia January 30, 2013 at 07:31 AM
Thanks to both the men:)) for without them, we would not have had such a poetic reminder of our nagging halves!


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