[442] First Step To Action

I know, I alone⁣
the feelings of a frozen heart⁣
Disbelief and shut eyes⁣
No solace in the inner thought⁣

Only I, only I⁣
Ego is the real cause⁣
Because the world is full of suffering⁣
and I get to write my demons out. Privilege.


NaPoWriMo Day 23: Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that responds, in some way, to another. This could be as simple as using a line or image from another poem as a jumping-off point, or it could be a more formal poetic response to the argument or ideas raised in another poem.

I chose Fernando Pessoa’s ‘I Know, I Alone’, which is quite an effortless exploration of the feelings of an individual. I recognise the privilege writers have to articulate our inner feelings as poetry, while there is suffering all around. So, my poem is a response to Pessoa as I see recognising this privilege as the first step towards doing something about the world around us, which in turn dictates our feelings.

24 thoughts on “[442] First Step To Action

  1. This seems to me as counting your blessings when you see none…Love it…Kenyanito biko….umm…not only does thine self ‘realize’ but there are those that as well can ‘see’ the suffering….not just limited behind our shut eyes (not for everyone anyway)…imho

      1. If it weren’t for my words to purge….I’d be swimming in a sewer of great disconcert….& eyeing the dirt as a better place to be inert (smirk)…I jest but always a truth behind the smile of ill & uncouth…’eh? Thank you for replying & I have been enjoying your art …thank you for the share!

  2. That is a beautiful take on what we do as writers. Love how you gave a nod to Pessoa’s work while keeping your individual voice intact. Great job! 🙂

  3. Privilege found for those who embrace the never-ending gifts that writing offers, including releasing pain and “demons.” Love your work, Rahul. 🙏🏻

  4. nice present, great job her… i like your expression her, 👏🎉…. nice and great posting.. the movies is a part of our humanity life 🎥

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