The 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

by its own self
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

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 eye
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

Modified by karlcfolkes on November 05, 2022

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABcD ExEx axdx xAfx faaa agax axhA hacc aAcx xDEh ABxc xaax aagc cxaa
Closest metre Iambic dimeter
Characters 844
Words 184
Stanzas 14
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

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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1 Comment
  • AIDA
    Wow! This is a captivating and thought-provoking poem. Your use of imagery and the repetition of the word "I" creates a powerful and introspective tone. The way you explore the different facets of the self is impressive.

    One suggestion for improvement would be to vary the line lengths and structures to create more dynamic flow. This would add another layer of depth to the already rich content.

    Overall, this poem is a wonderful exploration of self and its many complexities. Keep up the great work!
    LikeReply8 months ago


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