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Contributor Series 5: Dramatis Personae, Identity


05.30.10 Posted in Contributor Series 5, today's words by

Contributor Series 5: Dramatis Personae
Identity
By Chris G Vaillancourt

I have been 
my father’s son;
my mother’s son;
my grandparents’ grandson;
my sister’s brother;
my wife’s husband;
my children’s father.

I have been a child;
a student;
a poet;
an artist;
a teacher;
a parent;
a labourer;
an employee;
a social insurance number.

Now I am wondering where I am?
What is “me”?

I seem awash in
various labels,
a variety of tags
that have been 
attached to me.
Each is a role to play
that supposedly defines
what I am

Sometimes I want to disrupt
every
identity I am 
compelled to play.

Upset the apple cart.

Open my wallet
and
spill out every 
piece of paper that
identifies me.

If I throw away my
birth certificate;
does it mean
I have never been born?

If I burn my
Social Insurance Card;
does it mean
I have ceased to exist?

Who am I?
How do I belong in this
mist of roles and perceptions?

I’m not sure anymore
I really know
who I am supposed to be.
Does this mean that I 
am nothing?
Nothing, without a
label to purify me?


Chris G Vaillancourt’s poetry appeared at vox poetica in 2009 and 2010. His most recent poem, Wasting Words Before I Go to Sleep, appeared in March 2010. 




24 Responses to “Contributor Series 5: Dramatis Personae, Identity”

  1. I nodded my head all through this piece. But these last two lines really nailed it.

    Nothing, without a
    label to purify me?

    Wonderful work Chris.

  2. bobbie troy says:

    Yes, I agree with Karen. It’s moving, and the last two lines say it all.

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