08 March 2017

I Am This Gift

Duchamp - Nude Descending a Staircase.jpg

 Nude Descending a Staircase
Marcel Duchamp  (1912)
  


Identity shivers with riches, breaks apart
and refocuses having learned what richness is:
River of loving kindness at its core as if
it were a tunnel in the chimera of form,
an intersection of ancestors and the future,
an individual voice held in community,
a rebel constantly questioning, a hermit,
a free-flowing molecule in present matter.

Like a nude descending a staircase, identity
takes all steps at once and one by one--
here, now, there, then—filling the universe
and being filled simultaneously.
Identity drowns in the face of all; 
egoless, it swims ever in free fall.



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© 2017 Susan L. Chast



24 comments:

Sherry Blue Sky said...

"An intersection of ancestors and the future." What a terrific line. I love this poem, especially its closing lines.

Martin Kloess said...

This really runs through one's imagination.

annell said...

Identity is to be defined by ourselves. Know who we are and who we are meant to be. It isn't easy....often,there is the knowing within, and the conflict with what we are taught...

Therisa's World said...

Interesting use of chimera, Susan, would never have thought of using it like you have.

Samyuktha Jayaprakash said...

This is pure wizardry of thoughts crafted with peerless artistry.
Rereading in amazement.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I love where you take us – and what a perfect picture to go with your words.

Sherry Marr said...

Back for another read and truly think this is one of your finest!

scotthastiepoet said...

Love the depth and ambition in this and yet still carried off so sweetly:

"Like a nude descending a staircase....

Identity drowns in the face of all;
egoless, it swims ever in free fall."

Great stuff, Susan

colleen said...

I like the intersection and the descent down.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

My goodness this is good!❤️Especially love; "River of loving kindness at its core as if it were a tunnel in the chimera of form, an intersection of ancestors and the future, an individual voice held in community, a rebel constantly questioning, a hermit, a free-flowing molecule in present matter." Beautifully penned!❤️


Lots of love,
Sanaa

brudberg said...

I truly love what you say about identity... the contradictions, in one or many... taking all the steps at once or one by one... fine poetry

indybev said...

I very much like "collision of ancestors and the future". The nude descending staircase totally escapes my simple mind....talk about a conflicted identity! All in all, an evocative poem.

Mary said...

Ah....if only identity were egoless. Perhaps it would be so in an ideal world. It does seem like identity IS swimming 'in free fall' nowadays.

Thotpurge said...

intersection of ancestors and the future...
takes all steps at once and one by one-- wow...fantastic lines there Susan. Beautifully crafted.

gillena cox said...

"it were a tunnel in the chimera of form,"

Luv the vastness as well the depth of this image

Thanks for all very potent write

Happy you dropped in at my Sunday Standard today

Much love...

Old Egg said...

Your opening two lines were a great invitation into your poem then to be absorbed into your reasoning of our lives.

ayala said...

Identity....sometimes complicated.Beautifully penned.

Wendy Bourke said...

A powerful piece! "Identity drowns in the face of all; egoless, it swims ever in free fall." ... profound ... wise ... at the centre of true spirituality ... the essence of serenity. Indelible lines.

dialogue-with-my-dragon said...

Profound. At first I questioned your choice of image, but after reading the poem, the image made perfect sense. Love those final lines,

Elizabeth

Sumana Roy said...

identity can be so many unconsciously and egoless consciously and not before taking all the steps at once and one by one...profound..

Myrna R. said...

Love this Susan. There is so much in it, I must reread. At first glance, I felt the paradox of eternity, the truth of existence, an answer to the proverbial question, "Who am I?" Very deep and beautiful.

C.C. said...

I like the way you've captured the complexity and contradictions of identity....of what it is and can be.

totomai said...

It takes a lot of time to establish an identity, Susan. At times it's complex, like DNA, like molecules. I hope someday, the identity of the world will merge as one.

Bekkie Sanchez said...

Identify, such a deep subject. Nice work.