Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Stubborn as I am  
Obstinate as I may appear to be
Determined to just be
Inflexible to restrain

Rarely looking back
Unconcerned of tomorrow
Forever in the now

Mischievous with rules
Impishly laughing to the “I”
Adventurously defying the “am”
Daringly trying out

Frightening sometimes
Intimidating from time to time
Constantly changing
Eternally living
Perpetually reinventing the “I”  
Always embracing the “am”

© Gabriela Abalo

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Ed Pilolla said...

determined to just be is certainly the spirit of this piece, brimming with energy like a child growing into his body.

Glynn said...

I like this. I like the use of "I am" os a centering device, and it helps propel the poem forward. Nice one.

Claudia said...

this is beautiful
...Rarely looking back
Unconcerned of tomorrow
Forever in the now...
just how we should live our lives
also like the ending - the I embracing the am - that's very creative!

Desert Rose said...

THAT IS AWESOME read Gabriela..loved the word play..the idea, the whole theme is wonderfully treated with perfectly picked lines! BEAUTIFUL one shot..BRAVO..:)

Soraya said...

I like it! I love: «Perpetually reinventing the “I”
Always embracing the “am”» maybe it is my goal.
Hugs, Soraya

Chris G. said...

Be in the moment...simply be...don't spend life worrying of the future, or consumed by the past. Beautiful sentiments.

PattiKen said...

I love this. You have described something so powerful in a child. If one has a child like this, one should do everything possible to reinforce this strength of character. This was my daughter when she was young. She held on to that fierceness, that focus on NOW, that determination to BE. I truly believe it saved her life when she got breast cancer.

dustus said...

Your poem speaks to me on both levels of creating art and being. The illustration is so great too, depicting almost a quixotic determination artists require at least in part. Excellent.

Rene/ Not The Rockefellers said...

I love this cheeky self examination :)

forever changing...
because getting stuck is not an option :)

Timoteo said...

For some reason, this made me think of the song, "I Am, I Said" by Neil Diamond. But your poem is better than those lyrics!

patty said...

Perpetually reinventing the “I”
Always embracing the “am”
Mischievous with rules

love love the whole vibe of this poem!

Cindybrown said...

Very nice and powerful!!!

Carrie Burtt said...

I love this Gabriela! :-)

Brian Miller said...

smiles. love the play on I am...i embrace the am as well....

Caty said...

great piece.."embracing the am" what a perfect ending..

ds said...

A fun piece--with bite. Wonderful play on "I am." Thank you.

OJ Gonzalez-Cazares said...

"Perpetually reinventing the “I”
Always embracing the “am”
not a copy of but an original by ;)

ps - me encanto la Mafalda!!!!!

Shashi said...

"I am" a question that is asked over the centuries and still being answered... I liked your take on this ...

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Reflections said...

wonderfully transparent take on who I am... and who I am willing to admit to being. Nice.

Anonymous said...

Another one who's constantly reinventing the *I*. Cheekily out I loved it!

Pete Marshall said...

a wonderful read that so paints a picture of my daughter...and perhaps also of myself when i was younger...thanks for sharing pete

Myrna R. said...

This is lovely. It made me happy to read it and I wish I could live that way always.

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Eric Alder said...

"I yam what I yam." - Popeye

Nice piece, Gabriela!

Anonymous said...

the only person truly alive is the rebel may it take the form of a social activist or the notorious terrorist... only a rebel lives truly... nice poem

Melissa Campbell said...

I like what you see when you look in the mirror. And I like the way you express it so freely.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful write!

"Perpetually reinventing the “I”
Always embracing the “am”

this might be a new daily mantra for me...hmmm


Belinda said...

Oh, I loved this!

Constantly changing
Eternally living

Let's just be ourselves and enjoy the one life we have.

Kass said...

It's a joy to watch you grow as a writer and poet.

Francisca said...

Hey! You know me! :-D Terrific poem, Gabi...

June_Butterfly said...

I LOVE IT!!Reminded me of my younger years!I feel I'm more tamed now.haha!!

Great piece ,Gabriela.I totally enjoyed reading this.Cute pic ,too.