Phantoms - Poem by Vartika Pandey
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
‘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.