Archive for May 21st, 2012

Monday, 21 May 2012

Purely Personal by Berton Braley

I am as I am
With the faults that beset me,
And which I should cure,
But my nature won’t let me.
And if you’re as you are
As I am as I am,
You will get me.

I am as I am.
Though I can rearrange me
In some minor details,
I am helpless to change me
From the basic Myself.
And I’ve got what I’ve got
`Cause I am what I am
And I’m not what I’m not.

I am as I am
And I do as I do
As I am, being me,
And not you, being you.
Perhaps I would be
And do better by far,
If I weren’t as I am
And I were as you are,

But I’m bound to be me
And, without any sham,
Make the best of whatever
I am – as I am!


Date: 1950

By: Berton Braley (1882-1966)