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The Partnership of You and I

The You
a counterpoint
to the I
to subjective I
the You
considered contextually
as The Object
as the object
of subjective I
yet a partner to the I
seeking partnership
ever seeking partnership
a coupling
with the I
Du und Ich
You and I
together sung
asking a question
inviting a response:
“Was wissen du und Ich?”
“What do you and I know
uber irgendetwas
about anything,
uber das ich
about the self
uber mich selber
about myself,
and especially
about you,
uber dich…
posing syntactically
e’en semantically
a stepbrother
or a stepsister
to the I…
as in
You and I
Du ind ich?”
Make observation listeners.
to what a poet once said:
“The child
Is father
to the man.”
What means this saw?
What is its true intent?
Perchance the younger
shall replace the elder
as Jacob was to Esau.
The pronoun I
generic, impersonal
or indefinite,
a second-person pronoun,
can manage yet
to find its royal place,
not always seconded,
sentenced secondarily,
or perhaps, more so,
The You
can proudly say
“You and I”
“Du und Ich”
Not “I and You”
“Not “Ich und Du.”
rejected composition!
The You can rise up
in opposition to
the I,
in liberation
partner equally
with the I.
Prithee comrade, tell me,
declare to me
In honesty, with earnestness,
with sworn sincerity,
what would there be,
how could there ever be
an I without a You?
It’d be merely a shadow
of the me …
a shadow of itself
without the You.

About this poem

Written as a companion to the author’s poem, “The I,” this poem, called The You,” is written with a sense of frolic, lightheartedness and merriment at the interesting grammatical relationships of the pronouns “you” and “I” that have invited philosophers, most importantly in modern times, Martin Buber, in his book “Ich und Du” ( translated into English as “I and Thou”) to meditate on the ethical existential meaning of that phrase in particular, and of Life in general . Other philosophers, theologians, and psychologists have done likewise ( as examples, Sigmund Freud, Carl Gustav Jung, the author Franz Kafka, Carl Rogers, and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.). This poem brings to consciousness the importance of “You” and “I” personally, literally, symbolically, historically, metaphorically, psychologically, and spiritually in everyday language and discourse. 

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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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