O Me! O Life!: A Examination

By: Josh Bacon

O Me! O Life!

Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,

Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,

Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)

Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,

Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,

Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,

The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?


That you are here—that life exists and identity,

That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.


This poem is a call for self awareness. A call to the world that each and every one of us I our own person inside. That we all have something to offer to the world. That our lives are opportunities to affect each other in ways we might not even realize and we need to make sure we don't miss the opportunity to miss these chances. That we should not just simply exist. That we need to be part of a whole and also be our own person. That we should all "contribute a verse" in whatever way we can.
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Im hopping to become a film director which is different but there are many people in this world who have dreams of doing this too. This poem then gives me hope. Hope that I can not only achieve the goals I want to complete but also that I able get there my own way. There are very few things in this world that can only be done way. There are also ways that are more efficient than others. I don't want to do it the "efficient" way or the "right" way. I want to be the director I want to be and get there the way I want to. To create my own work and show it to the world. I don't want to look back on my life and be filled with regret at not taking the right chances. I want my verse to be all my own.
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Run Boy Run: Relation

I chose this song for the message it gives and how I feel when I hear the song. The song talks about independence. That sometimes you just have to run from things that are wrong or that aren't something you value. You have to break away from the society that doesn't let you be yourself. It fills me with a sort of pride that I am different. That if I came to being told to do things against what I believe with my film career that I could run. That I could find my own way and still hang strong to my beliefs.

O Me! O Lights! O Camera! O Action!

O Me! O lights of the set of which I direct,

of the endless complaints of the doubtful, of boardrooms filled with the money centered, of I who doubts only me (for who else would know better of who to doubt?)

Of eyes who vainly seek perfection, of the actors mean, and the struggle forever repeated,

Of shots not perfect, and fear of the crowds not approving,

Of the lazy years wasted, and the pressure of completion

The question, O me! so sad, not the best-What good am I to others, O Me, O Life?


That I am here - that I exist and my identity is rare,

That the powerful film goes on and I may contribute a verse.