Selfies 9.28.2014




Curiosity and vanity:

Not entirely

A good thing,

Not completely bad.


Self-portraits’ age-old part in art

(Rembrandt, not the least)

A search for who-am-I,

A deep look into change;

In short, the kind of searching

Lauded by the scientist –

The problem this:

Vanity and narcissism.


Not touching inner truth – not yet,

Youth reigns awhile:

Only a mile out of thousands left,

Search diverted

And at worst, perverted.


Selfie sounds like selfish.

Poor things, little darlings,

Stuck inside a modern trend

That lends itself to nakedness.

Let us hope that as they grow –

Insightful, bored of self-absorption, selfies end,

At least turned into life enhancing,

Honest, blameless, self-effacing

Undefiled and purified modification.


Selfies 9.28.2014

Circling Round Vanities II; Our Times, Our Culture II;

Arlene Corwin


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