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What Truly Makes Up a Human?

January 18, 2022
By gmazier2026 BRONZE, Blackstone, Massachusetts
gmazier2026 BRONZE, Blackstone, Massachusetts
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What truly makes up a human?

It may be the way one moves,

flailing, tossing, turning, jumping.

How about the locations one may visit?

The restaurants, the gas stations, the nurseries--

The lakes, the rivers, the mountains that the sun sets behind.

Maybe it's the limbs--

The arms, legs, feet, hands.

Or the organs--

The brain. lungs, kidneys, the heart--

But these are not me.


Maybe it's my family.

My sister, my mother, my father, my grandparents.

Maybe it's the things I relish in--

Favorite movies, trips out of the state, making a mess.


But what truly makes up a human?

It's the emotions and intelligence, is it not?

The sadness, the fury, the carefree spirit--

But let's bring this back to line 10, shall we?

I say my heart and brain do not make up who I am,

But I also declare that emotions and intelligence is truly what a human is.

One may argue that one's emotions come from the heart,

One may prove our intelligence comes from our brain.

But if these do not make up what a human is,

Then what truly makes up a human?

The author's comments:

I wrote this as an assignment for my English class. We had just finished annalyzing the poem "Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman. The assignment was to create our own poems similar to Whitman's poem about what we think truly makes up a human being.

I decided instead to focus on something more internal than external for my writing. I had no idea what I thought truly made up a human being, but initially decided that, personally, my intelligence and emotions made up most of who I am.

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