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Better Than Me

by Erin Jones

i don't want to be a role model
i don't want to have to think
about everything that i do
i don't want to reconsider
everything i want to do
i've never cared about myself
but i care about everyone else
so i just want to do what i want
and tell them what not to do
because i know how it works
but who's to say they'll do
what i say and not what i do
i want them to be better than me

i don't want them to think of me
as what they should be
i want them to be the furthest thing
from whatever it is that's me
it would be so simple and easy
for them to be better than me
and that's what i want for them
i've gotten myself into this spiral
and i just keep going further down
but i want them to rise
i don't want them to follow me
because it would be so easy
for them to be better than me

12/21/2007

Posted on 12/22/2007
Copyright © 2020 Erin Jones

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Tony Whitaker on 12/22/07 at 07:53 AM

I like the use of apathy as philosophy and the way you turn it into poetry, "to be better than me."

Posted by Richard Vince on 12/22/07 at 01:59 PM

mm. i know what you mean, i think. nicely done.

Posted by Brian Francis on 12/23/07 at 02:14 PM

I remember feeling this way about my son. It is a hard thing to be an example of a good path to take. Much funner to point to the path while walking on the grass. Nice write, enjoyable read. --bf

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