a right to equality (through a comprehension of parts)

he understood

the work
was a whole thing

more so
than segments and
portions

chapters
and stanzas

yet
as a reader
he found the imagery
of the complete work . . .
overwhelming

so much
so many

in his way
though
he felt
that he was
perhaps
the equal of the poem

of the poet

by focusing
on the small

reading
just a part
he could
comprehend

he understood the work
in segments
and
in that way
completely

he knew
it was a foolish notion
but he could not
help it

he felt as proud
of his parts
as the poet must have felt
of the whole

and
it was enough

~

Poem #560 from a series of poems drawn from the imagination and collected as: a Bachelard reverie.

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