Be Yourself?

Oscar Wilde famously (and amusingly) said, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” So I thought I’d have some limerick fun with the “be yourself” advice:

Be Yourself?
By Madeleine Begun Kane

“Be yourself” is outstanding advice.
You’ve heard it, I’m sure, once or twice.
I’d advise you to take it.
It’s best not to fake it,
Assuming you’re someone who’s nice.

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8 Responses to “Be Yourself?”

  1. Mama Zen says:

    Well done! That is too funny.

  2. scott says:

    Be yourself, that’s all you can do.
    See yourself, from your own point of view.
    Don’t follow the sheep,
    and live your life half asleep.
    Free yourself, and your dreams will come true.

  3. Lee Magilow says:

    Between me and myself’s a disparity.
    Permit me to provide some clarity.
    The impression I give’s
    not the life that I live.
    I’ve learned that you can fake sincerity.

  4. madkane says:

    Thanks Mama Zen! Fun limericks Scott and Lee!

  5. Barbara Isard-Stone says:

    Be Yourself
    By Barbara Isard-Stone

    Do you know who you are?
    A flower, a tiger, or a tire…

    Are you open like a daisy,
    Or growling vociferously?
    Rolling along like a ball in a tree?

    Do you think and then act?
    Know fiction from fact?

    Are your dreams in a jar?
    Talk outloud in your car?

    Is your self acting kindly?
    Do you like who you are?
    Be yourself say the poets,
    How you doin’ so far?

  6. madkane says:

    Wonderful verse and funny punchline, Barbara!

  7. Miriam says:

    Wonderful verses.

    Be yourself
    and not just yourself
    but your best self.

    Love yourself
    and not just your good self
    but your entire self.

    Listen to yourself
    and not just when alone
    but also when mobbed.

    Protect yourself
    and not just when you are down
    but also when up.

    Believe in yourself
    and not just when succeeding
    but also when failing.

    Your poem is currently being featured at the January Stress Management Blog Carnival

  8. madkane says:

    Thanks, Miriam!