Lesser Page

blue grey clouds
intoxicate his brain
elusively locked
in personal distress
about another
too bad
it's not me
how nice it can be
being another

mission betrayed
how small I am
Tom Thumb
come in here
it's nice with us
as a hobgoblin
instead of Merlin

in a rush
and then messed up

who is who
who are we
who was
did I want to be

minus is minus
and plus is plus
but plus and minus

becomes a lesser page
floating on dreams
not bothered
by the storm
swaying trees

where is the magic power
uniting the two
for none and one
still stays

hobgoblin in its own soul
not growing but shrinking
pulled to small disaster
of silenced voices
and unheard whispers
all night long
till its hairs greyed
then shouting
a new nobody's song
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Submitted by ludy_b on August 25, 2013

Modified by ludy_b on April 26, 2021

42 sec read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic dimeter
Characters 689
Words 140
Stanzas 8
Stanza Lengths 9, 7, 3, 5, 3, 5, 5, 9

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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Discuss the poem "Lesser Page" with the community...

  • tims.29998
    You have a special view point of the world around you. Keep it up it's nice to see that others see things differently as well
    LikeReply 12 months ago
    • ludy_b
      That's a sweet comment. Thank you!
      LikeReply2 months ago
  • Soulwriter
    the rhyme and rhythm of the poem is good, it flows...
    LikeReply2 months ago
  • Vixility
    Kierkegaard’s phrase “not wanting in despair to be oneself” kept coming to mind as I read this piece. I think it was the lines ‘how nice it can be / being another’ along with the fourth stanza and the poem overall.

    Love the simplicity of the stanzas and the complexity of the language—especially the contrasts throughout (e.g. stanzas four and five).

    Poems about identity conundrums and our place in the world are almost always powerful as most people are able to relate to the struggle of them. Excellent piece!
    LikeReply 13 months ago
  • karlcfolkes
    Hmm. interesting use of mixed metaphors to deliver a message on a page that more or less informs us that more is less when less is more. Clever!
    LikeReply 23 months ago


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