Identity Crisis

a poem by Sudarshan Madhav Karhale

Who am I–
a blackboard
to be written on and erased off?

Who am I–
a diary
for taking notes to throw away later?

Who am I?
a gravestone
to be offered flowers on,
left in the wilderness?

Who am I?
an inscription
to be recalled and forgotten?

Who am I?
a stranger
to be either attended or ignored?