Sight Unseen

Sight Unseen

A Poem by Zugzwang

On the ocean of consciousness,
sheer white cliffs
pronounce the presence
of the parts of ourselves
that we choose to see.

But our iceberg
does not bob on the waves,
but rather, rides through them,
ballasted as it is by
a looming gargantuan counterweight
hulking massively in
the sullen depths.

Our bright little sea-island
poses proudly,
sporting a vacuous grin;
eyes without sight,
thoughts without depth.

It is the puppet-state of the mind.
That which is sensed but unseen
is really pulling the strings.
Dare to dissent, or
to know too much,
and you'll soon find yourself
riding a desperate nicotine rush
as the sights are lined up
on the handkerchief
pinned to your breast

© 2017 Zugzwang



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Interesting poem. Clever metaphors, the white cliffs, the iceberg and the little sea island. To me this poem is about the conscious, that which we can see, and the unconscious, that which is hidden. And yes, I think it is the unconscious that governs (with) us,and is 'pulling the strings.' But I think the secret is to come to terms with the unconscious, often considered our 'dark' side. I think it was JUNG (the psychologist) who said we must make friends with our 'dark side' (I think he called it 'the shadow') then perhaps, maybe, those tears on the handkerchief, might be tears of laughter and joy!!!! Then perhaps, instead of feeling that we are a puppet to the 'unseen', we could celebrate it as , what? Something in collaboration with us? An inner being? A friend? Something that needs to be loved and understood?
Oh, your clever poem has given much food for thought!

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Zugzwang

2 Months Ago

Thanks for reading and thanks for the thoughtful review. The poem is indeed about the unconscious an.. read more
Great Aunt Astri

2 Months Ago

Yes, I realised that it was not necessarily your world view. I was just commenting on the content, w.. read more
Zugzwang

2 Months Ago

All good. I liked the idea of tears of laughter and joy on the hankerchief. I guess poetry can be a.. read more



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I friggin love your writing.

As one who occasionally dives the frigid depths, I can say that I much prefer a vapid picnic on the cliffs.

Beautiful imagery and sculpting of phrases; an artist at work.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Zugzwang

2 Months Ago

Hi Gaia,
I suffer for my art lol
(Punctuation is not needed for lols)
I liked t.. read more
Interesting poem. Clever metaphors, the white cliffs, the iceberg and the little sea island. To me this poem is about the conscious, that which we can see, and the unconscious, that which is hidden. And yes, I think it is the unconscious that governs (with) us,and is 'pulling the strings.' But I think the secret is to come to terms with the unconscious, often considered our 'dark' side. I think it was JUNG (the psychologist) who said we must make friends with our 'dark side' (I think he called it 'the shadow') then perhaps, maybe, those tears on the handkerchief, might be tears of laughter and joy!!!! Then perhaps, instead of feeling that we are a puppet to the 'unseen', we could celebrate it as , what? Something in collaboration with us? An inner being? A friend? Something that needs to be loved and understood?
Oh, your clever poem has given much food for thought!

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Zugzwang

2 Months Ago

Thanks for reading and thanks for the thoughtful review. The poem is indeed about the unconscious an.. read more
Great Aunt Astri

2 Months Ago

Yes, I realised that it was not necessarily your world view. I was just commenting on the content, w.. read more
Zugzwang

2 Months Ago

All good. I liked the idea of tears of laughter and joy on the hankerchief. I guess poetry can be a.. read more
like the Titanic...there are unseen things in life's waters...and when we hit them, we either survive or sink...
and we have that one last smoke before saying goodbye to our existence, knowing we should have been more aware...

j.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Zugzwang

2 Months Ago

Yeah, a lot like that! The more I get to know myself, the more I realise I don't know and the unknow.. read more
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