Doppelganger

If you don’t get this poem, it’s better not to ask. It’s something personal I’d rather not elaborate on.

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Sometimes I think about him and how I took his place

How I removed his shadow with a single sly embrace,

How my life would’ve been forfeit to his and his alone,

How I would be nonexistent if only he had grown.

 

He never had a name, there never was a chance,

Another victim to the death knight’s lance.

I can’t believe my fortune is wrapped around his so tightly,

The tables would’ve turned if fate had changed only slightly.

 

I’ve seen the casket in which he continues to lie and haunt,

He hisses in resentment and overlying want,

I don’t think he’s been properly mourned as I haven’t visited for years,

I believe he’s been forgotten by all my family and their peers.

 

I don’t think he’s angry, but I bet he wanted to shine,

I don’t know what I’d say if he asked for what’s now

mine.

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17 thoughts on “Doppelganger

  1. ~I don’t think he’s angry, but I bet he wanted to shine,~
    Poetry is art, I love this… gives me chills as it reminds me of an ex who committed suicide a couple months after we broke up. He was mentally ill, I lived it for 2 years, I know he wasn’t angry at me… and I know he wanted desperately to shine. Perhaps he is now.

  2. I am not asking, though I would like to.

    Having said that, I have to say it’s beautifully written!! 🙂

    Pain is such a difficult feeling to express, but you are very good at articulating painful feelings!! Keep writing!!!

    • Hah. Thank you for not asking though.
      This poem is full of anxiety and of feelings that have just been bottled up. I’m not sure it’s all that happy to share that, but thank you for your compliment.

  3. I agree with your last comment. It is interesting in this world today that we can instantly reach out to the poet and ask – what does this mean – but shouldn’t our answer be – its a poem – what does it mean to you.

    ‘Do not believe that one who seeks to comfort you lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. Her life has much difficulty … Were it otherwise she would never have been able to find those words’.
    – Rainer Marie Rilke

    • Definitely. Our own interpretation is just as important as the original purpose. Something like art is truly beautiful.
      I like the quote. It’s impossible to have a good story without some kind of experience or trigger.

  4. “I can’t believe my fortune is wrapped around his so tightly,

    The tables would’ve turned if fate had changed only slightly.” WOW. 🙂

    • That’s one of the things I love about poetry and just art in general. It’s open for interpretation by the reader/viewer. It awakens our imagination. Heh. i love the medium.

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