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Which I Is I?
by Debashish Haar

Thursday, November 10, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Illustration: Hand with Globe (M. C. Escher).

Note: the poem is NOT ecphrasis or mimesis, not any kind of interpretation of the art.

They autopsy violated bodies
of insomniacs and schizophrenics
to know if they died of hunger
if they died of wealth
if they died of terror, or
if they died of life. 

Others, busy, devise strategies,
make stories in glossy magazines and newspapers
about unexpected alliances between stars.
Invisible ink prints stories on invisible minds
in mute pulp--recycled, redistributed--
if  lucky, in bestselling books. 
The special scavengers,
burning midnight oil! 

Unable to fit in these cities and mansions
I question my voice,
my language, which has never  
transmuted into elements.
I question which I is Ió
the one scribing
or the one hidden inside?


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Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 11/19/2005
hello Debs, gld to see you back, very cool interesting poem of perspective
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 11/18/2005
It is good to read you again, Debs.
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 11/13/2005
the poem is NOT ecphrasis or mimesis, not any kind of interpretation of the art. ..

Thank you for clearing that up, Debashish. :-)

This is it: the question of which I is I and we all go through it from time to time, at least those of us who don't fall into cookie cutter molds easily, and then the ones who are easily molded to fit in with the rest of the cookies try to tell us who question our I that we have a disease. ;-) Oh, you've given me more to ponder.
Reviewed by jude forese 11/13/2005
awesome poem, Debs ...
Reviewed by Linda Hill 11/12/2005
EXCELLENT poem, Debashish. I have missed reading you.

Reviewed by Kate Burnside 11/11/2005
The subject matter of this poem reminds me of a tiny piece written by Jorge Luis Borges - "Borges and I". This whole area is totally fascinating - even as we write autobiographical fact, are we "living" the experience or commenting objectively about it and therefore shaping our perception of it into a fiction of sorts? Personal reality, personal subjectivity/objectivity is a permanent dilemma, I find... so your mention of the dissection of insomniacs and schizophrenics I find to be spot on - hence LOVE the developed theme and idea behind this one, Debs. The first stanza is a whole book in itself and sets the grey cells to work. I find the "They" and "Others" a bit mixed in terms of personages, and the special scavengers, too, take me off on another tangent. But I like the anchoring back of the whole topic into the "I" and the voice of the final stanza. A great poetic mind-game, for sure! One of life's mysterys and riddles. Does the hand hold the globe or the globe the hand?! TY LOL Kate xx
Reviewed by Shoma Mittra 11/10/2005
This is a super write. And even I wonder ..'I question which I is Ió
the one scribing
or the one hidden inside? '
:) shoma
Reviewed by Paul Berube 11/10/2005

Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 11/10/2005
I'm confused. Are you? Wonderful poem. Dawn
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 11/10/2005
We ask ourselves this question from time to time. Wonderful write, Deb!

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 11/10/2005
I question which I is Ió
the one scribing
or the one hidden inside?

And that is definitely a most interesting question for us all, Debashish.
Reviewed by George Carroll 11/10/2005
The I is in the middle of insIde and it exposes the real you. Deep and thoughtful write.
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