Who are you when all goes away

You in your room what do you say

Presence you are when alone

A portion of who you are on the phone


We get bigger when with another

Though not quite as present as with a lover

Around the table where you often sit

The presence you are grows when you’re with


In front of a room teacher in command

The feeling grows bordering on grand

Put you in a hall you get even bigger

In spite of fear that makes you quiver


In a large stadium you must expand

Projecting energy like a band

That small voice inside is magnified so

Your message empowers making you grow


Your unique presence drawn out by others

Your holiness coaxed by sisters and brothers

You may never know who you might be

Let courage inspire and allow you to see


Who are you facing others and how do you show up differently in different contexts?

What context motivates you to be bigger than you think you are?

– Stewart Levine ©

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