i used to think there are two of me

i constantly talk with myself

a dialog requires two conscious beings

now i think there are at least five of me

one that will not shut up

and believes that truth only exists

to serve its ends

one that lives deep in my brain

the ancestral me

unheard until moments of danger and fear rings it forth


how to account for the one

who will embrace danger for the sake of others

then there is the me of my dreams

incommunicado and silent when all else is awake

who are these people

living in my head

claiming to be me

i have been told

“know your yourself”

well, with whom should i begin

Copyright Michael Douglas Scott