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Ted Reynolds
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0 posted 01-16-2000 07:37 PM       View Profile for Ted Reynolds   Email Ted Reynolds   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Ted Reynolds

My, and I'm putting this one in right after Paul Hoekman's "Puzzle" and Seymour Tabin's "The Paradox End"!  This *is* metaphysical night . . .


I thought I was in a world,
But now I plainly see,
That all I though was world
Is just a thing in *me*.

Horizons and expanses
Are scratches on my eye --
And "eye" itself is drawn inside
And is a part of "I".

All continents and epochs
And things in space and time
Are aspects of my being --
They're no more real than I'm.

And all the God that I can know's
A mannikinish elf
Who, master of my inner worlds,
Is subject to myself.

But when I think about my*self*
It's just too much to bear . . .
*I* must be just a mannikin
     Inside another mannikin
          Inside *another* mannikin
               Who isn't really there!
© Copyright 2000 Ted Reynolds - All Rights Reserved
Rus Bowden
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1 posted 01-16-2000 07:53 PM       View Profile for Rus Bowden   Email Rus Bowden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Rus Bowden

Hi Ted,

Love this ditty poem and all its says... seems like it  should be sung.  Great finishing stanza.  I thought of those whachamacallits, those egg people within egg people, to picture your mannikin.  Great read.

Rus

P.S.  I realize now that this is a reply to myself.
Denise
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2 posted 01-16-2000 07:57 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Great poem!!! I, too, was reminded of those egg people that fit inside of each other by the ending....

ROFL@ Rus- 'I realize now that this is a reply to myself.'.....hehehehehe

 Denise

And slight is the sting of his trouble
Whose winnings are less than his worth;
For he who is honest is noble,
Whatever his fortunes or birth.~~~Alice Cary, ~Nobility~

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3 posted 01-16-2000 08:19 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

hehe.   This is very clever writing, Ted.
Nan
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4 posted 01-17-2000 08:08 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Awesome... I didn't think of the little eggs inside the little eggs though...
I thought of looking in a mirror while there's a mirror behind me and each reflects the other ad infinitum.... YEAH!!
Great poem...
 
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