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Character

by George Hoerner

we strut our soul’s
attributes or decry them
as we walk life’s stage
with a swagger or a limp

but do we see how
it grew to be its size
i doubt we realize
though we analyze with
our rudimentary scales

the ins and outs
of personality vary
from you to me
around the world

yet those who study
the psychology game
only know the rules
they make up
as they go
nurture or nature

and today we bow
to nurture but
our knowledge grows
so slowly and
the molecules bestowed
by mother nature
run so deep

in either case we blame
what ever helps us
overlook our deficient
character

11/15/2009

Posted on 10/17/2011
Copyright © 2016 George Hoerner

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Shannon McEwen on 10/17/11 at 04:43 PM

nature always wins in the end!

Posted by Dawn Davidson on 10/17/11 at 09:50 PM

nice deep writ...leaves much to ponder; profound look and truly poeticly expressed par excellence

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 11/19/11 at 07:38 AM

another splendid effort George. your poetic temperament is certainly that of an archeologist's. you leave no stone unturned in this one, unearthing so many glow worms to light our way.

Posted by Lori Blair on 12/05/11 at 06:34 PM

dang it! we fail to see ourselves because we make excuses..we lie to ourselves for our heart-failings..but we can SEE, we just need to overcome the need to believe we are all good. Brilliant!

Posted by Linda Fuller on 12/12/11 at 08:25 PM

Your last stanza nails it. Great write.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 01/13/15 at 11:00 AM

Well said, George. That word "strut" is so descriptive, a vivid beginning image to this poem. You present us with our very human methods of figuring out our very human foibles. I agree with Linda Fuller about that last stanza. Congrats on POTD!

Posted by Linda Fuller on 01/13/15 at 03:39 PM

Glad to see this as POTD!

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 01/13/15 at 09:32 PM

Excellent analysis of the human condition, George. Strong opening stanza drew me right in and continued to the finish. Don't know how I missed this one in 2009, but better late than never. Congrats also on POTD...well deserved!

Posted by Rhiannon Jones on 01/13/15 at 10:17 PM

Insightful analysis, and a well-put-together poem. Love it!

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 01/15/15 at 09:25 AM

congratulations George on POTD. I feel any one of your poems can and should be POTD. Your poetry should be required reading for human beings, give there is much humanity in each and every poem.

Posted by Ken Harnisch on 01/20/15 at 04:09 PM

Don't know how I missed this gem the first time around, George. My bad. Glad I got a shot at redemption!

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