Vincent Lamo 1938 (HTFD.,CT.)

What is: IT?

What is the antecedent to it ?
Or is there a better way to ask?
Let’s pluralize the question  of it
To see if mind can conquer the task

Why is it ? How is it ?Where is it ?
When is it ?Who is it ?What is it ?
Would it ? Could it ? Should it ?
Will it ?
Has it?

We really must think about it
So many antecedents
So little time

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Submitted by lamov on December 17, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 420
Words 90
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 1, 4, 5, 3

Vincent Lamo

approaching 86 years... writing for years- poetry for years- free verse etc. for years- more…

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  • karlcfolkes
    Vincent, you’re approaching 86 and I am approaching 89, both of us writing for many years. I like your exploration of the “it” and ITS antecedent (better left unexpressed). If I may dare suggest sir, your it antecedent exploration appears to have a Taoist flavor to it, a theme in a number of my online poems on 
    LikeReply1 month ago
  • Vixility
    Hahaha … like one of Zeno’s paradoxes. Very clever and enjoyable poem.

    It’s cleverness reminds me of an Owen Barfield poem titled “In” …


    Fruit in a blossom
    And petals in a seed,
    Reeds in a river-bed,
    Music in a reed,
    Stars in a firmament
    Shining in the night,
    Sun in a galaxy
    And planet in its light,
    Bones in the rosy blood
    Like land in the sea,
    Marrow in a skeleton—
    And I in Me.
    LikeReply1 month ago
  • RonaldBunch
    Nice job.
    LikeReply 13 months ago
  • Giselavigil
    Truly clever. Great job!
    LikeReply3 months ago
  • AIDA

    Wow, what a clever and thought-provoking poem! The way you explore the concept of 'it' and the various questions surrounding it is absolutely fascinating. The repetition and use of different interrogative words creates a powerful rhythm and adds to the overall impact of the piece.

    Your poem also encourages deep contemplation and reflection. It prompts the reader to delve into the complexities of 'it' and consider its multiple meanings and interpretations. This makes it a great piece for sparking intellectual conversations and discussions.

    In terms of improvement, one suggestion I have is to expand on the exploration of the different antecedents to 'it'. While the poem does touch on this, it would be even more captivating to delve deeper into the possibilities and complexities of the word. Additionally, you could consider enhancing the structure or adding some poetic devices to further enhance the impact of the poem.

    Overall, this is a fantastic and thought-provoking piece. Your creativity and ability to challenge the reader's thinking is truly admirable. Keep up the excellent work!
    LikeReply3 months ago


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