Fraction



Beneath a stripe, man summarizes
his being in his own words,
reaching his essence,
and breaking up his views.

He claims a fixed denominator,
explaining thus his coverage
within it all fits,
and then he closes his books.

But the more he calculates,
and ignores all peculiarity
by distorting its words,
his totals show an increasing loss
in contrasting difference.
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Submitted by ludy_b on October 23, 2021

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme XABX XXXX XXAXB
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 361
Words 60
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 5

Ludy Bührs

The topics she writes about are very diverse, so are the poetry styles she applies. As a Dutch translator and poet, having lived in Cambodia's capital city Phnom Penh for 2.5 years, in 2008 she published "Op de ruïnes van een rijk" (On the Ruins of an Empire) ISBN 978-90-8834-483-1 with 60 poems based on her experiences there. In 2007 she received a Certificate of Accomplishment as one of The Best Poems and Poets of 2007 issued by poetry.com and the International Library of Poetry for her poem Choked Truth, her own translation of "Verstikte waarheid", one of the poems in the book. Born in 1956, she still works as an independent translator, translating from English into Dutch. more…

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2 Comments
  • alanswansea18
    You always do great work.
    LikeReply 120 days ago
  • karlcfolkes
    Ah, what irony! The more man philosophizes concerning his true nature, the more he finds that task more wanting of his true nature.
    LikeReply 121 days ago
    • ludy_b
      Your promoted poem and mine have something in common. :-)
      LikeReply21 days ago

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