I Like Myself the Way I Am

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From the book My Dog Likes to Disco

I like myself the way I am.
I’m really glad I’m me.
In fact, I’m sure there’s no one else
on Earth I’d rather be.

I’d rather not be someone else.
I wouldn’t want to switch,
unless they were more beautiful,
or powerful, or rich.

I only want to be myself.
To change would just be wrong,
except if they were super smart,
or muscular and strong.

Unless they were more talented,
or glamorous, or tall,
or popular, or interesting,
I’d never change at all.

Except if they were famous or
had won the lottery,
I’d like to stay the way I am.
I’m glad to just be me.

 — Kenn Nesbitt

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Reading Level: Grade 3

Poetic Techniques: Irony, Paradox Poems


From the Book My Dog Likes to Disco

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