“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”

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In Stranger in a Strange Land, ‘to grok’
means “to understand so thoroughly that
the observer becomes a part of the observed"

 

As best as it can be said:
“Thou art god, I am god.
All that groks is god” 

 

Thus to Virginia Woolf's quote, I respond:
If I grok you, I grok myself 
Not the other way around.

 

Who am I?
I am a god
If you are a god

 

Who am I?
I am human
If you are human

 

Who am I?
I am humane
If I grok your pain  

 

Who am I?
I am a lover
If I grok your love

 

Who am I?
I am important
If I grok your importance             

                                                     

Who am I?
I am a learner
because I grok.

 

In my life,
I have grokked
as much as this

 

I have grokked
the eternal youth
of children

 

I have grokked
the painful process
of growing up

 

I have grokked
in me, the confusing mix
Of Indian and American

 

I have grokked
the worthy pay-off
of dedication and hard work

 

I have grokked
the heavy importance
of reading and writing

I have grokked
the true friendships
of water brothers

 

I have not grokked life
But I have grokked this
And by way, grokked me.

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