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'Did I Ever Exist? '

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I am not sure I ever lived, except in this imagined space,
This concoction of words that perhaps make a little sense
To a kindly heart like yours.

If I was never born,
I never died. Was I immortal
Without ever being me, a person with a body, mind and soul,
Like you, but different, a unique variant?

I am no freak, no fiction, once I was a fact,
If Time can be trusted, solar or cosmic.
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Thursday, October 30, 2014
Topic(s) of this poem: birth
This personal tragedy led me to re-read T.S. Eliot's 'East Coker', the second of his 'Four Quartets'; hence my quote from that deeply contemplative poem, which prompts one's own meditation of experience.
Richard Antwi 22 June 2020
Well written with lots of literary devices
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Kumarmani Mahakul 16 June 2019
A poem with deep feelings and sadness has been so touchingly and movingly delineated. The essence of this poem is great and pensive. Thanks for saring.10
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Nika Mcguin 20 February 2017
This is so sad....The way it started off I thought it was just another metaphysical philosophic poem. But no - the true story behind it gives life and voice to a being that never got the chance to speak or be a part of our world. This was a very moving read. Usually this kind of topic is written from the mother or father's perspective; but hearing it from the child's perspective is both refreshing and very heartbreaking.
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A. Madhavan 20 February 2017
I am deeply touched by your sympathetic reading. It encourages me to continue trying to write verse or prose n words, phrases and images that stir fellow-feeling in a reader intuitively, though the context may be unfamiliar. I thank PH for this generous linking of minds.
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Indira Renganathan 20 February 2017
Very pensive....very touching....no words beyond silent tears
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A. Madhavan 20 February 2017
Thank you, Poet Indira Renganathan. As one who is from the same culture and environment, may I request you to browse another poem I posted in PH, 'Praise for woman's courage in Suburbia'. /we value compassion. That theme stirred my verse about a 'Mottled Cow' on the street below our balcony. Best wishes. AM
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Edward Kofi Louis 20 February 2017
Imagine space! ! With the muse of life. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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A. Madhavan 20 February 2017
You are a veteran, your view counts. Thank you. Let us continue.
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Clarence Prince 20 February 2017
Once come into this world, life long visa is granted, and that's for sure; whether for long or short stay!
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Jayatissa K. Liyanage 20 February 2017
'Did I Ever Exist? A very touching way to relate a pathetic incidence which is the most unexpected by a young hopeful mother. Especially when a man empathizes such a being, it sounds marvelous. Your positioning is well deserved Congrats and thanks for sharing a poem of great profundity.
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A. Madhavan 20 February 2017
I am gratified that 'Poem-Hunter' has chosen this verse as the 'Member-poem' of 20 February,2017. This private family tragedy does merit commiseration by sensitive readers. AM
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Christina Simmons 20 February 2017
I was deeply moved when I read this poem: I found it rather haunting (echoed in my ear.) I also read it tentatively. Thoroughly understood what was being convey. You did well by adding your own imprint to a very well known piece of masterpiece! Congratulation for getting recognition for the day.
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Richard Antwi 22 June 2020
I had the same sentiments!
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Tom Allport 20 February 2017
a very sad poem of innocence being lost to a brave new world?
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