My purpose in life
Is common to those of the trees –
To exist to provide for the world
Around me in whatever way I can –
And leave that world more at ease
04.14.95 – 04.30.95
Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion
and published in Perspectives, ISBN 0-9686250-0-2.
Notes to this poem…
My Myers-Briggs personality is what is known as an ENFJ (Extraverted, iNtuitive, Feeling, Judging), sometimes known as The Champion or The Giver, among other titles. But Myers-Briggs gives you your dominant personality, not any sub-personality or sub-personalities you might have. That is, people can revert to something quite different to their dominant or most common self in some situation, and if they do it often enough, like when they’re at home or at work, or when something is on the line (i.e. a job, sports game), it qualifies as a sub-personality… at least in my version of the theory it does.
I actually have a split personality, for the most part, with the other half being how I generally take life outside of work, which tends to be a lot less serious and more easy going than when I am at work. That sub-personality is known as an INFP (Introverted, iNtuitive, Feeling, Perceiving), otherwise known as the Flower Child or Idealist or some other name. Well, if all the 60s flower child songs I have in my guitar repertoire doesn’t convince you of that, maybe this poem would, though I was a little more flower child here than I am normally… but I was not high on drugs like was common for a lot of 60s flower children. I don’t even drink!
But the poem is absolutely sincere, and not just some attempt to be like a flower child or to write such poetry.
The O-series of poems are one stanza poems composed before I got onto writing haiku and tanka, and short poetry while in action or traveling by select means like plane or ferry. These poems are 3-9 lines long with at least one rhyming couplet, and not of the short forms just mentioned. For the sake of elegance, I just called the collection One.