The Lost Me

Stuck in a jostling crowd
But lonely I feel
As I search for the Me
whom I lost to them
There’s a smile on my face
But it isn’t mine
My feet are carrying me away
To a place unknown
My eyes are dry little lifeless orbs
My mind is blank, a silent void
I hear a voice suddenly
It’s distant and weak
My heart skips a beat as
I realize who it is
“Help me, please! I don’t wanna get lost!”
The voice, which is mine, is slowly dying out
My eyes are alive now, burning with a will
I break into a run, now I’ll find me.

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  1. “In the jostling crowd, a poignant search for self unfolds in ‘Stuck in a Jostling Crowd.’ You have skillfully portrayed the paradox of feeling alone despite being surrounded by others. The vivid imagery evokes a sense of detachment and loss, with the speaker’s smile, feet, and eyes all conveying a disconnect from their true self. The moment of realization brings a surge of urgency and determination, beautifully capturing the essence of self-discovery and the relentless pursuit of finding one’s authentic identity.

  2. Very Relatable lines being used by the poet!!
    It expresses the reality of today . An individual works tirelessly to fit in the society and works to be included in the society with a certain group of people. But somehow during building his position the person lost his identity.
    Eventually tired of various events and becoming for what others want, there’s a moment wherein person realises his importance ,his value and actually nurture himself ,for his betterment. Rather than to fit in with other group of people , he realises that he doesn’t have to run in same path but can build a path for himself .

  3. The above poem mentions a deep state of grief and sadness a person faces in the situation of distress and loneliness. The poet starts with the line as “Stuck in a jostling crowd, But lonely” , clearly indicates the poets lonely company. The poem talks about going a straight away as a loner, as a single soul in search for herself. As a purpose to find herself she finally get to meet a lot of people in the journey. But none of them was able to give her a sense of security. Thus after searching for other soul as her savior, she finally goes to a journey to find herself and during this journey also she has to face difficulties. as to find ourselves in order to gain ourselves again is not an easy job. Thats why she ends the poem with words “I break into a run, now I’ll find me”

  4. First of all kuddos to the poet for ever so beautifully portraying a common yet least approached mindset of personality among the society now-a-days. We can see many people suffering and being locked behind cages from the desperate voices that call us to the surface but struggle to get there… All of them are yet true fighters willing to fight the desperation and despair and give themselves the chance to explore that glistening and shiny true “themselves”. We ourselves might have had such distant callings of ourselves while fighting for our way to the true “me”. Though relaying this depressive thought of loneliness among a crowd and depressing feeling, the poet has managed to gracefully mention our true selves willing to fight for what truly is “our voice” or just “us”.
    The poet definitely has a way with their words, that has touched the soul of all and given hope to those who see themselves in the dark…

  5. The opening lines capture the conflicting sensations of being surrounded by a bustling crowd yet feeling a profound sense of loneliness. This contrast sets the tone for the poem and draws the reader into the narrator’s internal struggle.

    The poem skillfully explores the concept of losing oneself amidst the expectations and influences of others. The imagery of wearing a false smile and the disconnect between the speaker’s physical actions and inner emotions effectively convey the internal turmoil experienced. This juxtaposition evokes empathy and a sense of unease, as the reader recognizes the longing to rediscover one’s true self.

  6. The poem effectively portrays the struggle of the speaker to find their true identity amidst societal expectations and the subsequent journey towards self-discovery. This is the phase that every individual faces in their 20s.
    “My eyes are dry little lifeless orbs, my mind is blank, a silent void” – These lines convey a deep sense of emptiness and emotional numbness experienced by the speaker. It portrays a profound disconnection from their own emotions and thoughts.

  7. First of all, It’s so fascinating that the poet chose such a relatable idea and theme. I felt as if the poem was speaking to me. I believe that the majority of people have been in the same place as the poet and I finally felt a gush of happiness and a smile on my face when I read the concluding lines.
    The first impression of the poem for me is that it is full of emotions and it evokes a deep emotion from my heart as I read it.
    The poet explores the theme of self – identity through this remarkable piece of writing. It captivates the readers with a sense of emotional relatability, imagery, and uplifting message. It also expertly explores the nuances of the human experience while perfectly portraying the sense of being disoriented and alone.
    The poem starts with the line “Stuck in a jostling crowd but I feel lonely”, it captures the inner struggles of an individual who is lost in the midst of the hustle and bustle of daily life and is feverishly trying to reclaim who they truly are. The imagery in the poem is vivid and thought-provoking. The “dry, lifeless orbs” portray the emptiness in the eyes as the author feels a void inside them and the “blank, silent void” portrays the longing for self-awareness.
    Overall the poem, “The Lost Me” is a captivating and soul-stirring poem that explores the profound journey of self-discovery tells the story of the struggle and getting over it in simple but powerful words.
    And this genre of poems are really meaningful and motivating as they not only make you realize what you have been doing but also gives oneself a push toward something rightful.

  8. “Stuck in a jostling crowd…” by itself, as the opening lines, conveys the speaker’s feelings of being stuck, in time or movement, while others rush past them. By a quick read of the poem, one can tell that the poet is trying to attract our attention to the way one loses themself as a result of conforming to society’s strict norms and morals. The poet observes that they feel stuck in a world that seems too involved in itself, a world that doesn’t stop by to think, observe or help, not only the speaker but also others who have found themselves in a similar predicament.

    The poem narrates just a short instance where the speaker finds it difficult to find their true self while pleasing the world at the same time. The world could refer to the crowd and the people who the speaker is surrounded by. Being painfully aware that they are not themself anymore and have been stripped of the very identity that defines them, the speaker is adamant not to lose the semblance of self they have remaining and pick up those pieces of self that they have left behind.

    By describing their eyes as lifeless and dry as well as their mind as void and blank, the speaker emphasizes the idea of nothingness, almost like the value of a desert, as a result of losing themself in the world. Towards the end of the poem, the dull ache in the speaker’s heart is replaced by boiling anger that fuels the speaker to bolt out and grasp their true self, the self that they had sacrificed to the world.

    The poem “Stuck in a jostling crowd…” has been written beautifully about a problem faced by everyone, at some point in time, in life. By portraying just minimally the emotions that overtake the speaker, the poet has, in fact, intensified the emotions that the reader would experience from a glance at the poem. However, I do feel that the poem had a slightly abrupt ending, with the majority of it igniting this spark of interest. The last few lines, personally, extinguish the spark with a feeling of underwhelming.

  9. Thank you, everyone, for your kind and useful reviews. I appreciate all of your efforts to go through my poem and understand what I wanted to express.

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