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The I



I
one word
that evokes me
the center point
the centerpiece
of the persona
the centerpiece
and the target
a bullseye
a dot
a focal point
encircled
by its own self
I
a beginning
and perhaps
an ending
a Redeye
of the other I
the hidden I
the outer I
the eye of ego
the inquisitive eye
the inquisitor
the wandering roving I
the I as image
I imagine
the I
of the imagination
a waking I
rich with vocabulary
personified vocabulary
dramatic dreaming I
the I
of soliloquy
that is
again
the center point
the centerpiece
of its own imagination
the I
one word
full of countless thoughts
It all begins with me
its bosom friend
its ally
all I
in battle
with psyche’s inner I
“O Royal Eye of ego
so protective of I/me
so full of righteous Me
O glorious, royal, pompous
egoistic I
Wherefore art thou, I?”

About this poem

Scholarly psychological research in Early Child Development suggests that the development of the human personality is not instantiated at birth, but is a life-long process that continues throughout the cycles of one’s life in interaction with the environment and with other personalities in the environment. Specifically, scholarly psychological research in Early Child Development suggests that at around the age of 18 months children of all cultures and all native languages begin to refer to themselves by name only, without deployment of the personal pronoun I (das ich). This subjective personal pronoun seems to develop later, into the second year of life, as the human personality truly begins to form and take hold as a social individual, at which critical point of ego formation the child is now an individual ego called by name I. This I begins to realize that he or she is a person with separate ideas and with separate constructions of beliefs. The I begins to assert itself. The persona begins to be established. The poem concludes with the provocative question: “Wherefore art thou, I?” This intriguing question recalls Shakespeare’s character Juliet, in the play of Romeo and Juliet, painfully enquiring whether her paramour Romeo is a member of the enemy Montague clan. Likewise, the question that ends this poem enquirers rhetorically where does, or where should the I of the psyche truly belong. 

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Written on September 23, 2021

Submitted by karlcfolkes on September 23, 2021

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Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1995 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s “Dear Mili” Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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