Along with reams of short stories, and longer attempts at fiction, I’ve written countless poems over the decades. The bulk were written in my teens and twenties and I literally have folders full of handwritten and typewritten compositions.
I’d been threatening to put a selection into print since the mid-90’s. I remember discussing it with an old girlfriend in ’95 but a number of things always seemed to stop me. Part of that was not really being sure if I wanted to share them with the world, part was never having the time to go through what was amounting to thousands of bits of paper – ranging from typed and formatted finished compositions to hand written stanzas on the back of paper bags, or anything I had at hand when inspiration hit.
A few years ago I finally got round to sorting out a collection and published them under the title “Wild Card Symphonies”. Consisting of three smaller volumes of my work, “Wild Card Symphonies”, “Cry To Me”, and “This Graveyard Heart”, the book totaled just over 120 poems. You can buy a copy (plug plug) through Lulu on one of the links at the bottom of the page if you like what you read and want to have more.
Who Do You Think I Am ?
Who do you think I am ?
I’m not sure you see.
Am I the person
You see before your eyes ?
Do you believe that I’m really me ?
I melted so long ago
I’m not sure when I came back,
But I believe that I’m here now,
So I must be, inside somewhere,
Guessing with my mind.
Don’t turn away from me
I need you to believe in me.
Feel me so I know I’m real,
Tell me I exist to you,
Tell me anything, please.
Stop the doubt that wrecks my mind
And tell me my name another time,
Just hold me now so close to you
And tell me forever,
Help my dreams come true.
Who do you think I am ?
Because I’ve lost track
Somewhere down the line.
Playing too many roles for so many people,
I’ve forgotten who I really am.
Stay by my side
So I can stay in the same part
That I’m acting right now.
I want the world to know me like this.
I want to know that I exist.
(WHO DO YOU THINK I AM ?; By A R J Abranson; 28-08-94/23:41 & 21-09-95/16:34)
My poetry anthology, Wild Card Symphonies, is available to buy now on Lulu in both Softcover and Dust Jacket Hardcover.
Wild Card Symphonies, Cry To Me & This Graveyard Heart are Copyright ©2015, Angus Abranson. All rights reserved.
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