The Beginning of Me

There are subjects that men do not generally talk about: Fear. Doubt. Low self-esteem. Insecurities. Weaknesses. There are questions we generally do not ask, but they can plague our minds: "How do I deal with loneliness? How can I raise my level of self-confidence? Why can't I fit in with the crowd? What if no one sees the value in me?"

Men do not ask for help. Men do not cry. Men do not show any signs of weakness. We are strong. We are invincible. We feel no pain. Our confidence never falters. This is what we say. This is what we do. But this is not how we, as a whole, feel.As I began my journey into adulthood, I realized the persona of what I was led to believe a man should be was a standard I could not meet. I believed in God, but I did not believe in me. I felt fear. I felt anxiety. I felt insecure. And I could tell no one about it. Instead, I began to write my feelings down in the form of poetry on scraps of paper.This process helped me to be honest with myself about who I saw in the mirror. As you read through, maybe it can help you, too.

Today, the collection of my poems from January 2001 to July 2009 is available for all to see. Some witness. Some inspire. But most face the challenges and questions I tried to ignore. I needed to escape from the cage society built long ago. I needed to break out of the prison that ensnared my heart. I needed to rip away at the mold I was trying to fit into. Perhaps, underneath, I could see the beginning of me.

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About Eric Christopher Jackson

Eric Christopher Jackson is an emerging photography artist and creative writer originally from South Florida. His artwork is influenced by cinematography, interior design, and fine art. His photography series, “The Dark Light” is featured in Creative Fluff Art & Design Magazine.

His writing features poetry, short stories, and screenplays. Eric’s first book of poetry, “The Beginning of Me“, is featured on the cover of the November 2013 Issue of Publisher’s Weekly Select. On November 26, 2013, he was selected as one of the Featured Authors of the Week on

Ultimately, Eric is interested in creating meaningful and entertaining stories through visual and written work.

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