Monday, February 13, 2012

One Amongst Many

One Amongst Many

I am not a light-filled diva

my hair does not flash golden arrows

my limbs are not smooth and straight,

my skin not iridescent nor aglow.

Of course, in my head

I am the centre of the picture

my perceptions, feelings and thoughts

surround me like a halo.

The others – you – the many

are all around

and to you each, the centre

of the picture, is here.

Do you feel yourself as utterly other

separate from the dark mass of limbs and torsos?

Do you feel your own power pulsing from your pores

and gold dust glittering in your mane?

Each of us is the star of our private firmament

touched by grace and fired with drama:

our greatest gift and cruellest curse.

Thanks to Tess for the inspiration from The Mag.  You can read the rest of the crowd here



jane.healy said...

I really enjoyed this - how in a school photograph (for example) I see myself immediately and marvel that no-one else can recognise me instantly.

jabblog said...

'Each of us is the star of our private firmament' - beautifully put and a reminder that we are all egocentric despite protestations that we are not.

izzy said...

I love your take on this- I had to fight against slavery- and
then erotica I certainly
did not do myself as proud as you!

Jinksy said...

How well you capture out solitary existence, despite being part of the whole. Excellent thinking.

ds said...

Oh, this hits deep. "Each of us is the star of our own firmament"--so true. Very well done. Thank you.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Bravo! I like where you went with this. "In our heads we are the center of the picture..."

Doctor FTSE said...

Very astute comments on our worrying tendency to self-centredness.

Lyn said...

It's good to know that someone of your quality is at the center of some universe..yes, yours! Thanks for the insight..

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Tumblewords: said...

Outstanding. The final stanza is powerful and thoughtful.

Arian Tejano said...


Catfish Tales said...

Lovely, Isabel. A very nice perspective, indeed!

lucychili said...

perspective is a strange thing =)

Helen said...

Celebrating our unique selves is critical to who we are, what we do, how we impact others. I enjoyed your poem.

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kaykuala said...

That's the danger! We tend to be self centered. That colored our thinking. Great write!


Tess Kincaid said...

Each of us is the star of our private

Cynthia said...

Hi Isabel. I enjoyed and agree with your take on this photo.

This woman as the star of her
own movie, in her head.