I stand

   some distance away

   not above, or under;

   but level with where I am


To measure, or weigh;

to try to see

the hiding

Me of Me.

But the view is obscured.

I cannot see beyond


Photograph: Lyndsay Barr

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34 Comments Add yours

  1. souldipper says:

    As my friend says, “In the thick of thin things.”

  2. deepercolors says:

    I hope you are going to put together a book of your poetry sometime soon. E-books are all the rage these days. Let us know if you do.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ve been thinking about it, but wonder if it wouldn’t simply be a duplication of my blog?

      1. Jamie Dedes says:

        But it would gather all in one place. Convenient. If you have a Mac you can do it up and pages and transport directly to iTunes, no charge and no charges. Am considering this myself …an electronic chapbook.

      2. theonlycin says:

        Something to think about, I don’t have a Mac, but I do have iTunes on my PC.

      3. Tokeloshe says:

        Cindy have a look at my post about Blurb at Letterdash:

        WordPress has a way to divide your blog into chapters:

        I use the archive function, which is magic.

      4. theonlycin says:

        Thanks for the tips and leads, Tok.

  3. adeeyoyo says:

    Very deep poem, Cindy. I like it and it is very true. Enjoy your weekend.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You too, adee. Big party this afternoon = subdued mood tomorrow.

  4. that is one worth keeping. I was wondering about something along those lines, but you did it way beyond what I could have done.
    thanks for it

    1. theonlycin says:

      I don’t think it’s quite finished, I am spotting things to change each time I look at it…

  5. very clever. love the use of “fonting” as well.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks you … sorry I’ve been so scarce on your blog. Workload has eased a bit, so I will be catching up during the week.

  6. nrhatch says:

    How much of ourselves do we hide from ourselves?

    Love it!

  7. slpmartin says:

    Very nicely done Cindy…something about ‘not being able to see the forest for the trees’. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, Charles, something like that 🙂

  8. Beautifully crafted, with a wonderful 17th century John Donne-ness about it:-)
    Wish I could write like this!

    1. theonlycin says:

      *blush* Thanks Kate!

  9. I would respond, but can’t find myself. I’ll keep looking. . .

  10. granny1947 says:

    Really good…I like it!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Hon, have a good week.

  11. gospelwriter says:

    Love the poem – short, to the point, clever. Well done!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, gospelwriter.

  12. buttercup600 says:

    Deep one this Cindy..I read it again…love the pic 🙂 🙂 🙂 xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      The pic is one of my faves 🙂

  13. Jamie Dedes says:

    Enjoyed this, Cindy … I wonder how often we cannot see beyond the minutiae.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Good to declutter frequently…

  14. Tokeloshe says:

    I love everything about this post even the photo effect.

  15. Olivia says:

    wow.. what an ecstatic one- both beautiful and powerful.. I like to retrospect and this one describes that so well.. I have been slacking and so couldn’t stop by earlier- 😦

    You are so beautiful- stay blessed.. Love you Loads Cindy.. xox

  16. Kavita says:

    Oooh… good one!
    After all, we are made up of those minutiae as well… aren’t we? I mean, what will we be if we were to “remove” those tiny details?! 🙂

    A very reflective piece indeed… sent me into a certain “mode” now..

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