Treasure Island

Vartika Pandey

(2/7/1997)

Phantoms


I be in dark when my eyes close
I be in dark when my eyes open
I be feeble, scratching over my scars
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Poet's Notes about The Poem

“Phantoms” was one of the earliest poems I composed during my insomniac phase. It accommodates the feelings of intense pain, torment and suffering, which are root causes of the ailment. The phantoms are apparitions that our mind creates from its experiences with feelings. They are generated from insomnia as well as induce it. Instead of being terrifying they act as reminders of the suffering underwent by the poet which is supposed to be forgotten during sleep.

‘Take from me what is already yours’ refers to the little joy in poet’s life which is already consumed up by the phantoms. Ironically, the poet requests them to take up whatever is left of it, as if they were the true owners of it. In the line ‘Life cannot be fueled by phantoms’, there is realization that only phantoms remain in poet’s life, which are not adequate for surviving. The effect of phantoms even acts during the day whenever the poet is struck by a daydream.

Constant encounters with these phantoms make me apathetic. I end up discovering a ghost in my own self. The apparitions came from within me, so they are a part of me. All the accusations then boomerang back upon myself. I am responsible for the loss of my own happiness.

This tells us that there is a phantom in everyone, which comes alive when it is nourished by extreme emotions, whether of hatred, jealousy, anger, sorrow or pain.

Comments about this poem (Phantoms by Vartika Pandey )

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  • Pradip Chattopadhyay (6/3/2013 3:49:00 AM)

    Soon from the child, the angel flew away / A phantom arrived and it's going to stay

    that's my response to this lovely work from you Vartika. Keep dreaming in and out of sleep. (Report) Reply

  • Gajanan Mishra (5/26/2013 1:01:00 AM)

    take what is yours, very good saying, true.
    I invite you to read my poems and comment and vote. (Report) Reply

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