Natural perceptions become the substance of self

along with powers they generate

At least until repression replaces responding

and inherent powers are projected out there

Thereafter we repressed ones exist relatively impotent

in imagined worlds moved by gods and angels

demons, circumstances, and powerful others

who we credit or blame for what we do and are

Until such time, if ever, the process of conscious responsibility

replaces habits of systematic denial supporting split selves

left unhappy in this present world

supported only by hopes of external salvation

and/or illusive dreams of a sweeter bye and bye