Self Becomes Less Self the More Self-Served

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Self becomes less self the more self-served,
As who one is arrives from parts unknown.
Identity is never one's alone,
Nor can one learn unchanged a single word.
Thus the self by nature is a part,
Present in the body of the whole.
A healthy arm or leg is not a goal
That one pursues regardless of the heart.
Remember, then, that one is more or less
In common with the boundaries one draws,
Choosing or not the love that sings and soars,
Knowing or not what brings one happiness.

Copyright by Nicholas Gordon

Video Music: Sonata No. 1 in F Minor: Adagio. By Ludwig von Beethoven.
Performed by Daniel Veesey at the Free Music Archive under a Public Domain License.

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