(This is the first poem I ever wrote, at the tender age of 16yrs old…)


I am me,

I am you

but who am I?


What is my purpose,

please tell me

am I just surplus?


Where do I come from

and where do I go,

why don’t I know?


Say what you say

but in a strange way

you’ve said nothing.


Is space a void

or the world we miss,

answer me this?


Nobody knows,

or nobody goes

and still none return.


What is love,

what brings me pain,

please explain?


Pay your way

but in a strange way

you’ve paid nothing.


Who are you,

friend or foe,

well you never know.


What are these memories,

memories of time

and time has passed.


Did you hear it?

Did you feel it?

Did it feel you?


See the light of day

but in a strange way

you’ve seen nothing.


What is strength,

they say it comes from within

so is that a sin?


Who is stronger,

you or I

and if so, why?


Who will take

and then forsake

but who’ll take who?


What’s worth taking,

gold or rust?

Take if you must.


Take your life away

and yet in a strange way

you’ve taken nothing.


So hear me this day,

for I really must say,

please explain away.



Written by Darren Scanlon, July 1981

This revised version written 26th February 2015.

©2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.



8 Comments Add yours

  1. renxkyoko says:

    Wow ! And you were just 16 when you penned that ! !

    Liked by 1 person

    1. The very first time I put my pen to paper.


  2. it’s beautiful …

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Neyse. I was just a wee boy 😊


  3. Olga says:

    The mysteries of life.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Indeed they were and some still are, Olga.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. noelleg44 says:

    Pretty awesome for a 16 year old. I have some of my poems from about that time – now I gotta go look for them!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Go for it, Noelle


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