Holding the mirror of nature
up to one’s own death
But not, you know,
all that inaccurate.
could plausibly imagine yourself
such drastically different “you”?
Or even "nothing"--in a material loop
nonetheless out of conscious thought.
Hard to achieve.
For what could
that pronoun “you” or “I” or "group"
If you were to speak
about "it," or of “I”—what is the
referenced entity? How to imagine it
And "them"--how it rives!
How it splinters!
So in the event--hold that mirror!--
Hold it! (does that mean: just stop?)
or hold it (hoist it up so we can see?).
Which of these contraries
do you mean?
And further, all this narcissism
the invisible poems
the unsightly poems
that have no pronouns
or are mixed, without a
normal person-laden prism
though they limp along our lives
parallel to us.
© Rachel Blau DuPlessis
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