We are Simulacrum

we are not ourselves,

stranded amid the nowhere

and nowhere else;

left to wander between

nothing and nothing else,

wondering what became of those

bright lights in the sky,

the ones Galileo saw after sundown;

maybe they were only there in his imagination,

and we misconstrued our extant pseudo-histories

as to what those lights might have been

had they ever existed in the first place;

So we stumble over the inconsequential,

we fall or we think we fall out

of the nowhere into a somewhere,

and stare vainly into the expectant mirror

which alone adjudicates,

we are not ourselves

We are Simulacrum.

3 thoughts on “Simulacrum

  1. John Anthony Fingleton

    Louis, I had to look up the definition of the title and found the word was first recorded in the English language in the late 16th century, used to describe a representation, such as a statue or a painting, especially of a god. By the late 19th century, it had gathered a secondary association of inferiority: an image without the substance or qualities of the original (Wikipedia)… I believe that it is mentioned somewhere in the Bible, that we are all make in God’s image (which would apply to the first meaning). Then the second would apply to reality that we are not…..a great poem for thought.

  2. Nalini Srivastava

    A beautiful new word added to my vocabulary and so very firmly with the vivid imagery imagery of your verse.Lovely


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