The Call of the Other I Am

Poets United: Mid-Week Motif -Identity


The Call of the Other I Am

Do you ever catch a wisp of sound?
Not quite a whisper, but holding
the promise of one?

Or a fuzzy fragment of image? Blurred
with color and movement, and impression
that this is as important as food?

Something, someone is calling your name,
but who might it be? Trying to say “Hello”,
yet unsure if you will listen.

Does it frighten you? This sound that isn’t
a sound? Not grounded in everyday
language, or easily interpreted.

Or that blurred side glance, dancing out there
always at a slant? Does it raise goose bumps
on skin cause you know it comes

from within you?

Elizabeth Crawford  2/3/16

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12 Responses to The Call of the Other I Am

  1. Mary says:

    Oh, this is interesting, Elizabeth! The voice of the inner self talking to us, demanding to be heard. Yes, I can identify!! That voice is persistent sometimes.


  2. ihatepoetry says:

    I like this because it underlines the confusion of the voices I hear. Whose are they, mine? God’s? The tv? Great response to prompt.


  3. Sherry Marr says:

    In a word….yes. The inner one, the one who knows. I love this, my friend.


  4. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Quite a gripping poem!


  5. Audrey says:

    Sometimes, when we hear the voices inside us, it can make us wonder where they come from–Loved this!!


  6. Truedessa says:

    I really like the perspective of the inner voice speaking in those haunting whispers.


  7. thotpurge says:

    Terrific poem Elizabeth! Wow!


  8. Sumana Roy says:

    ah the inner ‘I’ is the never failing friend…the wisp of sound, fuzzy fragment of image indeed…


  9. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    No, not frightening, but can be elusive!


  10. Jae Rose says:

    A wonderful tight beautifully expounded – at first i, i’m not afraid of me – then i thought why do i need Alice..and who now continues the bad things that others began…to listen to what you really want..that hello which also says hope, help, belief, be and live is very scary but the better part waiting patiently to be heard – one day xo


  11. And what a gift it is to get still enough to listen/hear…such an honest beautiful glimpse into this sacred facet of being. Thank you, Elizabeth.


  12. The inner self and the inner voice. It may even be a life-saving episode that bothers oneself to act and thwart some dangers



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