For Day 26 of NaPoWriMo I have gone off at a tangent to the question-and-response prompt in order to pose a simple question and long response related to the core of philosophy, and to the individualism of the drop you represent in the ocean of life.
You know you exist, and you know you are you,
You simply can’t change that, whatever you do,
No matter you’d like to be Tom, Dick, or Harriet,
No effort of yours in the least bit will carry it;
You can make yourself thinner, or fatter, or wise,
Put tattoos on your body, or contacts in eyes;
You can choose to be stupid, or lazy, or sad.
Or decide to be positive, active and glad;
You can make yourself ugly or looking quite nice;
You may aim for the virtues, or go for a vice;
It’s your choice to be pleasant or nasty at will.
And you can, if you like, even choose to be ill!
But all of these ‘yous’ that you take off the shelf
Remain, with a certainty, you and yourself –
The ‘you’ is a life-force, and this will endure,
As do all the forces, you may be quite sure;
While knowing that you are completely unique,
Retaining ‘you’-niqueness is not much to seek;
Force unified, you can’t be sure this will stay —
Still, ‘you’-nification should keep it that way?
Thus if all life-forces in future should merge,
Your segment retains individual urge;
So see that your ‘you’-ness the heights will, tall, climb –
For you’d like a ‘you’ you could like for all time!