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I Am: A Poem For Inspiration

Thursday Verseday with Arlinda

Sometimes we doubt ourselves; we realize that the world can be a scary place, and so we begin to fear what our place will be in the world. Life’s circumstances knock us down, and we may feel as though no positive end can be in sight. Will we be successful, or will we fail? Will we achieve the things we hope for in life? When I first began reading Obscura’s Spring 2011 edition, a particular poem by Miguel Arturo Nuñez entitled “I am” caught my eye.

The speaker of the poem begins by alluding to the hopelessness of a situation in life when stating, “I am a king without a throne/ Without a crown and a song/ In a castle left undone/ With walls not quite strong.” In these lines, the speaker conveys the emptiness experienced when it feels as though you have lost everything. Is there any hope for the king to regain the life he once had, or is he doomed to live in a crumbling castle forever?

While the beginning of the poem caught my attention, it is the end that truly inspired me with the words on the page. The speaker of the poem may have lost hope in the world, but in the end the speaker finds hope within himself. The speaker states, “I am the echo of a prayer/ A silhouette of hope/ The spirit of a slayer/ The steepness of a slope.” It is in these lines that the immensity of hope is conveyed to the readers. The speaker may have begun feeling hopeless, however in the end, the speaker realizes that even if he has lost all else in life, he has not lost himself. Regardless of the situations that life throws your way, you will always have the ability to be your own biggest supporter. Like the “steepness of a slope,” there are many degrees of elevation in life; sometimes you’ll fall and need to pick yourself back up, and other times you will feel as though you are on top of the world. Miguel Arturo Nuñez wrote the captivating poem “I am” in Obscura’s Spring 2011 edition, and I for one am glad I happened to come across the poem. Every now and then, we all need a little bit of encouragement and a reminder to have faith in ourselves.

~Arlinda Mulosmanaj

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