Not Hemmingway


dbea70b4553f69add604632e59bed1b5834ef061I found the following poem attributed to Ernest Hemmingway.  It didn’t, however, ‘feel’ very Hemmingway-ish. A little bit of research uncovered something even more special.  The poem entitled ‘Not’ was written by a 19 year old young woman in Australia who has the same initials as Mr. Hemmingway.  Her name is Erin Hansen and this poem is wonderful ‘remembrall’ when we’ve forgotten our own brilliance.


You are not your age,
Nor the size of clothes you wear,
You are not a weight,
Or the colour of your hair.
You are not your name,
Or the dimples in your cheeks,
You are all the books you read,
And all the words you speak.
You are your croaky morning voice,
And the smiles you try to hide,
You’re the sweetness in your laughter,
And every tear you’ve cried.
You’re the songs you sing so loudly,
When you know you’re all alone,
You’re the places that you’ve been to,
And the one that you call home.
You’re the things that you believe in,
And the people that you love,
You’re the photos in your bedroom,
And the future you dream of.
You’re made of so much beauty,
But it seems that you forgot,
When you decided that you were defined,
By all the things you’re not.


Additional work by Erin Hansen may be found at