The accusation and the lie
A jolt within my nervous system
It’s been a long time since that had happened
Pay attention it screamed in the middle of this wonderful bliss
Please take note.
Is this true, is this really me?
Do I portray myself in my writing to be above others?
Have I used my creative streak to inflate my ego
and let out my hidden narcissism to run amok?
I shrink back
That was never my intention, only to share and express
Oh, this is a mess!
The damage seemed to be done.
Then, the backtracking,
‘It might well just be my perception, but I’ve recognised it a few times in your writing.’
Survival instinct kicks in,
Best to admit to it and repent.
Searching deep within and submitting justification for my sin,
‘It was how I learnt to survive.’
It didn’t ring true,
The accusation nor the lie.
I didn’t need to wonder why, this familiar game from childhood of
Plant the seed of doubt.
© P Bathina 022019
Poetics describes a whole range of engagements with life that are storied, reflective and filled with imagination and inspiration, as opposed to analysis in the strict sense. When science rules, the magic fades. When thinking ascends the throne, the soul may atrophy. Yet poetics is not irrational – it is a take which reaches into a different aspect of our humanity – one where we can celebrate that which moves us, not dwell on what limits us. Expect surprises. One or many may lead. None or a few may follow and then decide to take the lead. This is a fluidity to break the mould of rigidity. Join us on this journey. Let us hold hands boldly and join voices transformatively. Prabha will be leading us. Feel free to join us.
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