Poem #46: “I Am — Are You?”

Here is my last poem for the year. It seems fitting to post it on New Year’s Eve, a time of reflection. I wrote it earlier this Fall when I was discussing Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy with my philosophy students. If you’re not familiar with that work, you may still have heard his famous saying: “I think, therefore, I am.” (Cogito ergo sum.)

I Am — Are You?

As long as
I am
thinking
I am
must it not be
true?

But what
of you?

Do you
exist
apart from me
when
I am
not thinking
of you?

Or
are you
a part of me
that exists
only
when I am
thinking
of you
and me?

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As for my New Year’s resolution, I intend to write and publish at least 2 more books for my Aftermath series and to play less Slotomania.

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