All I really need is me.
I am not conceited.
I am whole.
If you were to remove me from society
subject me to life on a deserted island
like an emerald glass bottle
arriving on the shore of the unknown
myself is all I’d have.
Society surrounds me with material things
the media squeezes my mind
like water from a sea sponge
to conform and modernize
as my individuality and personal strength trickles down the sand
into a tide pool full of life.
I am what I can't live without.
I gather my strength
follow the drifting bottle
and escape to the unknown
for the world could give me nothing better than who I am.
I can’t live without me because I am the strongest thing I know
a breaking wave
the blistering sun
stronger than the tightest stitching of overpriced sneakers
a rigid backbone when I believe in myself.
I am a headstrong shark
durable and independent
I can catch my own prey
better than the sale catches the spender
and pull myself out of the current.
I am brilliant and clever.
I shine a light bright enough
to illuminate the darkest depths of the ocean
and can assemble shelter
to protect myself against the earth’s weather
Once I’m alone
the luxury items
The worldly things are stripped
the waves crash down
smash against the earth
and I am strong again.
All that is left is who I am
I am told I need these things to survive
these pleasures of the world
the tide pulls back
and I am out of reach
but the truth is
I don’t need these things
because here I am