‘Am I only?’ published at MasticadoresUSA

As the magnetic resonance 
flashes up an image
of zeros and ones
converted to an image
on a computer screen
so I can see
the chambers of my brain
I ask now ‘Am I only…

Continue reading at MasticadoresUSA. I have been writing a lot about life and death recently. Perhaps it is because of the pandemic, which has brought this topic into focus for many people. Perhaps it is because of the losses I have experienced in my life. I think above all it has to do with the work I am doing in meditation, that is, learning to ‘let go’ of earthly things, including my own physical self. ‘For,’ as the Bible says, ‘we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.’ (1 Timothy 6:7)

My thanks to editor Gabriela Marie Milton for selecting this poem for publication. Gabriela is the author of Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings, published by Vita Brevis Press. If you have not yet read this exquisite poetry collection then I thoroughly recommend it. Her new collection Woman: Splendor and Sorrow will be published at the end of July, and I for one cannot wait to read it! Follow Gabriela on Instagram for updates.

I am sharing this poem with dVerse Open Link Night. The bar opens from 3pm EST: join us and link up a poem of your choice – no prompt required!

45 thoughts on “‘Am I only?’ published at MasticadoresUSA

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  1. Congratulations… I love the poem in how you really go into one of my greatest questions, how consciousness really begins (and maybe) ends. I think my poem went a little bit in the same direction today.

  2. Congratulations indeed! Thought provoking…..reminds me of being hooked up to an EKG and hearing that thumping and beginning to wonder, am I just a machine….pumping, pumping….

  3. It is a delight to read a longer and eloquently crafted poem in your voice, Ingrid, that provides not only lovely imagery and a grounding train of thought, but also a question for each individual to ponder!

  4. I am a believer in the power of meditation. I do it every day. It brings a sense of deep peace and transcends one’s being into a place of light. Yes, life and death has been the focus point in the last year. I myself believe there is something beyond here. Perhaps, it is my own NDE that has transformed me into something more.

  5. I went and read the entire piece Ingrid. This is exquisite my friend, and l resonate thoroughly eith its essence. Wonderful writing, and superb thinking — deep and engaging.

  6. Ingrid,
    Congratulations on this publication. Thanks for reminding me of Gabriela’s work. I remember really liking her poems.
    Wishing you continue success in sharing your voice.

  7. I wish I had learned mindful meditation years ago, slowing down my thoughts, letting go of the negative is good for what ails me! Thanks for posting!

  8. Beautiful piece, Ingrid. I love the lines, “And if I am, oh God, how beautiful anyway” they resonate so soundly with me. In those few words, you reveal a space where one can double back and see how grand this creation really is and sense there exists a deeper answer. Congratulations. ~peace, Jason

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