“Whoever I Am…is Who I Am.”

Whoever I am … is Who I Am

Whoever I am is who I am

To know where I’m coming from with this one…Listen to the song at the End by Merle Haggard. This Song from the early 80’s goes through me as I hear it. But then, he is a Country Music Legend. I am only a mere “Manly Poetry Man”. I hope you enjoy the Poem and the Inspiration behind said Poem.



Whoever I Am…is Who I Am.

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“Let the Stress from them Roll off your Back, like Water does off a Duck. Should they not receive your polite comment…Tell them to go find some Eggs to Suck!”

Male mallard-Gräsand, Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos, around Vaxholm, Sweden April 2016 CC BY-SA 4.0
Male mallard-Gräsand, Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos, around Vaxholm, Sweden April 2016 CC BY-SA 4.0 | Source


Whoever I am…is who I am.


Whoever I am…is who I am,

No one can see the same things that I can.

Or tell me how to think and what to do,

And what I am…by the way…is me, not you.

You can look at something from a whole other view,

You can see the same old thing, when I see something new.

This is how it is for each one of us here on this planet,

So quit telling me what I should have to think…damn it!


“Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah”…

That’s what you sound like to me when you open your jaw.

On what day and what hour,

Did the Lord impart to you to have the power?

To be so right and so all-knowing,

To sit there so smug and perpetually glowing.

Guess What? I have a whole different attitude,

If you don’t like it…you’re welcome to change your longitude & latitude.


Don’t you have someone you would love to tell this to?

I give you permission to use this…From me to you.

You are your own unique individual,

God made you a certain way…Indeed, Special!

So don’t sit there confused about who you are…all day,

Whoever you are…is who you are…What’s it to anyone else…anyway?

Some people are way to controlling to try and run your life, on top of their own,

Tell all the egotistical maniacs out there…that you won’t bow before their throne.


Go your way…you are free them…now go out and greatly prosper…

Concerning controlling people in your life…no more need to sweat them or perspire.

Let the stress from them roll of your back, like water does off a duck,

Should they not receive your polite comment…Tell them to go find some Eggs to suck!

The power to be free is in you…and for your anxiety I have a prescription,

Tell yourself it will be Ok (and God will back you)…to change your perception.

Let the weight of the world and all your guilt,

Be cast out of you…and everything like that which you have felt.


It’s a remarkable power from Jesus,

That is uniquely powerful to free us.

Do you think I’m crazy to tell you such a thing?

It’s not my words (right now)…but truth…that is making your heart sting!

Give him a try…’Cause what you’ve been doing…ain’t working so great anyway,

Now go live your life to the fullest…and don’t ever forget the day.

The Lord came to you…Right where you are…and helped to make it clear,

That whoever you are…is who you are…that’s why he put you here!

(Updated on September 27, 2021-Originally Published back in July 30, 2009)


Steve Walters -joined TCE in the Fall of 2021. Keep an eye on his author page for many great works to come.

You can also find works by Steve Walters (who uses the pen name of ManlyPoetryMan) on:  ManlyPoetryMan on HubPages.

And on Manly Poetry Man’s website: Home | Manly Poetry Man


PS. In case you may want a mental break…and drift away to where you can have a change in attitude…and in latitude.

There’s this great…slightly old song…from Jimmy Buffett…(as a tribute to him putting latitude and attitude together).

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14 thoughts on ““Whoever I Am…is Who I Am.”

  • March 28, 2022 at 6:37 PM

    Sound advice and great inspiration on how to approach not just poetry, but one’s life. Great piece and nice work Steve.

    • March 29, 2022 at 6:22 PM

      Appreciate that, Kurt. Poets basically: “We is…who We is!” Thanks for your comment and for the reading of this one

  • March 28, 2022 at 8:02 PM

    Excellent message Steve nice work. I’ve got a few people I could tell to suck an egg. Might need to buy some chickens. Lol. Nice work

    • March 29, 2022 at 6:37 PM

      “Go for it…Ha!” But really it is all just in fun. (And in rhyme…really I can think of other rhymes for “duck”.) But I want to keep this appropriate and well-mannered. Not that Literature hasn’t had its fair share of colorful words positioned throughout various works across History. Well….That’s a little bit off the topic of “Suck Eggs!” Which is a timely classic reply (classy…maybe not so much) that just doesn’t get used near enough times…these days. Thanks for reading of this one and for your comment, Paul.

    • March 29, 2022 at 6:19 PM

      Absolutely…appreciate you reading and commenting on this one and mentioning about its message, John.

  • March 29, 2022 at 9:20 AM

    Thumbs up! Great phrasing and great message to inspire courage in others to have faith in themselves. Well done, Steve.

    • March 29, 2022 at 6:17 PM

      Phyllis…Want to thank you for all the work you do behind the scenes here! And…Thank you for reading and commenting on this one. So glad that this one brings out messages to inspire courage and to have faith in themselves.

  • March 29, 2022 at 9:02 PM

    Beautiful poem with great message. I especially loved these lines:
    “Guess What? I have a whole different attitude,

    If you don’t like it…you’re welcome to change your longitude & latitude.”

    Thank you for sharing, Steve.
    Stay blessed and happy!!

    • March 30, 2022 at 4:35 PM

      Misbah…first let me “Welcome” you to TCE. Really glad to see you on board here. Haven’t had a chance to read through your work yet, but I definitely will. However, I did see some others “Welcoming” you in the Comment Section. I know you will like it here. I see from your Bio that you are on Hubpages and I believe I have seen you there. You’re going to enjoy the feeling of spreading your wings here without a “Hub” grade score…like they did back when you were in High School or something. Now that I’ve rambled enough…I want to Thank you for visiting my Poem here on TCE and commenting on it. Especially like that you picked out the lines about attitude and latitude. (These lines kind of remind me of an old Jimmy Buffett song with those same words in it. I may have to reference this song in my Poem…even though I came at those words from a different perspective.) Rambled again…but then I first cut my teeth on Hubpages…when we would all comment back and forth…day and night…in the comment section…then move over to the “Forum” section. I feel like TCE has become a new place for me to join in with other writers on this writing journey that we all pursue. Humble Regards.

      • April 2, 2022 at 10:43 AM

        Steve, thank you so much for your kind words and warm welcome. It means a lot to me. I’ve read a lot of your poetry on HubPages as well, and I’ve always found them to be unique and intriguing.
        Take care and stay healthy.
        Sending you many Blessings.

        • April 11, 2022 at 6:19 PM

          Pardon my late response to this…been away from ye ‘ol computer for a while. Thanks for reading a lot of my Poetry over on Hubpages and for calling it “Intriguing and Unique”. I consider that a high compliment. Much appreciated.

  • April 2, 2022 at 4:36 PM

    Love Jimmy Buffet. Listen to a lot of his songs while drinking back in the Army. I feel that way about my poetry I just write and share what I write. These are good life lessons I think things go smoother without all that worry. Oh and I am going to share this poem on the TCE facebook page. If you do not want a poem shared feel free to let me know. Jamie

    • April 11, 2022 at 6:32 PM

      Jamie…It has been a few days since you left the comment above…but I now have the opportunity to have read it. So many great songs from “Jimmy Buffet” from back in the day. They played them all on the Country Radio stations back in the day…and I’m not sure if his music was “Country” back in the day, but hey…Who am I to say? His songs…like many an old Country song get stuck in my brain…from back when. I still have to tell myself this line…over and over again: “Come Monday…it’ll be alright!” I think all us writers…especially Poet writers…like to just share what they write. What else can we do with all these words of thought bouncing around in our brains. Here’s to a lot less worry and things going smoother. Humble regards…and thanks for the reading and commenting on this one!


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