I Will Have Played My Part

I Will Have Played My Part

I was carried in a womb

Born in a place

Built upon a street

In a town

Of a shire

In my country

A kingdom

On an island

Broken away from a continent

Of this world

This solar system

Belonging to a galaxy

Born of an ever-expanding universe

Its ever-unveiling glory

Carried in the womb of a multiverse

Of infinite possibilities

I belong to some greater significance

And when all is said and done

I will have played my part

Whatever it may be

For this is who I am

Β© Kevin Cooper March 16th 2017



  1. This poem reminds me of the ever-present balance I try to keep between remembering that what I do matters … while not taking the responsibility for the world on my shoulders. It’s quite a trick to realize both that our choices can have wide-reaching effects, even for generations, and still remember that despite whatever I don’t get done in a day or choose to take on, the world and the universe will go on just fine without its having been done.

    Thanks for sharing, Kev.

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    • It’s very true that too often than not we needlessly bear the weight of the whole world upon our shoulders and lose sight of the smaller things that matter most. Thanks for sharing, Eric. I’m glad to see that so many like yourself are getting more from this poem than I ever anticipated.

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  2. Wow, Kev, I really love this poem. ‘Infinite possibilities’ and ‘I belong to some greater significance’ speak to my outlook on life, that we are limited only by our own thinking. Wonderful! πŸ™‚

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  3. I like the mix of simplicity and profundity (is that word?). No matter. It’s clearly and well expressed. Annika’s comment was spot on. I remember doing that as a kid! Ergo, kids see things more clearly?

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  4. Awesome poem, Kev! I love this. The connection from our organic selves to our cosmic selves, from physical to spiritual, and our small but essential place in the universe. You capture it all. I hope you share more poetry. πŸ™‚

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  5. Love this, Kev! πŸ˜€ Reminiscent of the way children write their name, address in books and end up with ‘The World, The Universe’…you’ve brought this concept to a new level, filled with serenity and finishing with the complete self-awareness of ‘For this is who I am’.

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