Asaf Bartov (ijon) wrote,
Asaf Bartov
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A Surprise in the Shower

It's been years, literally, since I've composed a poem. My paralyzing perfectionism prevented me from producing poetry. But this morning, in the shower, this sprang up in my mind:

Self Portrait, 2003


Forever mispronouncing words
A neoglot eternal;
Can speak, perhaps, some Attic Greek
But mixes it with Doric.

Enamored of the intellect
A coward dilettante;
Awash with undercurrents vast
But firmly Apollonic.

Aghast at youth today, at Man
A classicist escapist;
In dreams sings Wotan in Der Ring
But dares not sing in public.

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What a piece of work am I
How fragile in reason
How insecure in faculty


--10-Feb-2003
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