Simulacrum by Sanjeev Sethi

In this age of optics I’m a misfit.
Why aren’t we accepted as living doodles
of ipseity, our simon-pure selves?

The looking glass strains me but some
are mauled by mirrors within. Peccavi
is positive, it suggests sacerdotal purity.

I gapeseed at a passel of possibilities.
In this collation each is an emperor
of his universe.

Constriction by a pendulum squiring you
from playground of plenty to pangram
of pain is a self-induced stricture.

Sanjeev Sethi

SANJEEV SETHI is the author of three books of poetry. His most recent collection is This Summer and That Summer (Bloomsbury, 2015). His poems are in venues around the world: Morphrog 14, Bindwind Magazine, 3:AM Magazine, Novelmasters, Rasputin, Tower Journal, Peacock Journal, Treehouse, Soul-Lit, and elsewhere. He lives in Mumbai, India.

 

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