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Aparna Pathak
Aparna Pathak
Dec 07, 2023

Thank you all for your comments. Here's what the poet says about the poem:

As regards to when and how it came to be I cannot remember. It's been quite a while since I wrote that ku. But it's about our "creative" memory. We often mistake our memories as "fixed", as they represent what actually happened in a true way, but in reality our minds often "rewrite" our memories to fit our - more or less conscious - self-image whatever it may be at the moment of recollection. This tendency to shape our past - or what happened in the past - to fit what we think we are at the present is perhaps a "survival" mechanism, a way to…

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Adelaide Shaw
Adelaide Shaw
Dec 06, 2023

I wonder why "your hindsight"? Why did the poet write about someone else and not say "my hindsight"? I interpret this poem to be about misunderstandings too late, but why write about someone else? I think it would have been stronger if it were about the poet, not someone else.


Adelaide

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
Dec 05, 2023

Stunning poem.

In hindsight, the poet realises that it wasn't a moth that he saw 'caught' but a leaf.

But he uses the word 'your' hindsight! 'caught' where? On a spider's web? Elsewhere?


This ku is so open - I admire Johannes's poems a lot.

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Dec 03, 2023

I liked the last phrase, 'in your hindsight'.

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
Dec 05, 2023
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Me too

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