Jim Loomis

Experiences, Observations, Opinions


Enthusiasm despair

Torch passed lucid
                torches perhaps torches
                                  snuffed wrong premises

Promises broken
                pledges reality

Truth rigged

Self-esteem porous
                epidermis doubt reaction
                                  formation fabrication

Hubris humility power
                pompous politics
                                  populist posturing

Possibilities chances limited
                imagining hiatus never
                                  in my lifetime convictions


Torch passed vision
                potential torches
                                 macular degeneration

Position crystallizes future but
                 conviction my
                                  conviction my
                                                position guilty
                                                              as charged.


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4 thoughts on “POMP and CIRCUMSTANCE

  1. I have to confess that I’m not usually any good at deciphering poetry, Jim, but I kept coming back to this throughout the day, and here’s what I got out of it. It seems to move subtly from (1) pointing the finger at the other, to (2) raising the question of “who” this is really all about, to (3) the assertion of oneself (the “my” that shows up at the end, and finally (4) the abrupt verdict… on oneself?… that was meant for the other.

    I don’t know if that’s what you intended or if I read too much into it. (I know that there were many details I’ve left out, like the macular degeneration.) But if I’m in the ballpark, it provided a nice reflection on this important day.



  2. Excellent analysis Ron. You got what I was thinking. The abrupt verdict was meant for oneself (me), not the other.

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