‘ You' As A Figure In The Poems
Tuesday evening, March 6,2012; Thursday, April 8,2021
I didn't realize what was happening—
the appearance of 'you' in the poems.
Soon enough though, when I cast
the net wide, wide enough,
I realized saying 'you' is saying 'me'.
Up to that point, I had thought 'you'
a simple pronoun with limited usage,
applications, and to find myself mistaken
took me by surprise, proved unnerving,
took me time to figure out this figure—
the idea of 'you' as a figure of possibility,
a figure of the range of possibilities.
'You' can represent one finite 'I',
for example, or any number of 'I's,
as illogical as this may seem.
In sum, this revelation proved shocking.
Nevertheless, I welcomed it,
much as Herman Melville must have
when he created two characters, Ishmael
and Quequeeg, as twin aspects of his personality.
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Topic(s) of this poem: insight,identify,psychology,mind,empathy
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
Indicative of the broad application and meaning of the pronoun ‘you', human identity is surprisingly fluid as Herman Melville demonstrates through character blends in the novel Moby-Dick.