Once, there was a puzzle that had a straight line
And said – without touching it,
Make it shorter?

The tip of my pencil remained motionless
Till the teacher, would take the pencil from me
– Draw a second line, longer than the original, in parallel.

Since then I am drawing lines every day
In an attempt to make the last one shorter
And so is everyone else,
As if that is all that matters
– Disparage every rivalry at the core, while you can.

The riddle probably wanted to say
– You don’t belittle anyone but yourself
Now merely ridicules itself,
As we are all set busying our pencils
Leaving marks; and shameless, dirty, envies are written.

Tonight on Dversepoets, Claudia and Bill has us write about Rilke – “write about what your everyday life offers you; describe your sorrows and desires, the thoughts that pass through your mind and your belief in some kind of beauty Describe all these with heartfelt, silent, humble sincerity and, when you express yourself, use the Things around you, the images from your dreams, and the objects that you remember

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16 thoughts on “Belittle

  1. It is very hard too often to love the one you’re with, your self, to fully accept both the aspirations & limitations; for we are socialized to compete, to employ one-ups-manship regularly; like your line /discourage every rivalry at the core, while you can/.

  2. The line get shorter and shorter, sound like the grass is never greener. Usually that is true. Being different is ok, it is the rest who think uniformity is the way. I like the metaphor you use. And your reference. Two parallel lines are one of the earliest things you see in school.

  3. This poem holds the ambiguities of life. Trying to leave our mark, using talents in all the wrong ways, comparing ourselves to neighbors, always coming up short; myriad interpretations and all of them valid. This is an original metaphor, tightly and succinctly explored yet leaving worlds to the readers imagination. One of the most successful poems I have read!

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