Book of Hours of Catherine of Cleves,
Dutch ca. 1440
Marc Mosko, 1996
How shall I measure thee, O lust of my heart?|
By cubits and rods, pounds and stones?
Do these increments suffice to thy stature?
What quantification can I give,|
How shall I measure thee, Success?|
Is achievement beheld through my eyes or yours?
To raise myself to a foreign standard,
To value my work, my morals, my self,
Must I seek third party advice?
Then whose shall it be?
Perhaps the grandmother raised in the 30s,
The veteran of the 60s,
The drop-out of the 70s?
To value myself through outside means,
Cheaply buying inner meaning,
To view myself through disembodied eyes,
Avoiding clear vision,
To find all ways around the destination,
To measure myself outside myself.
Perhaps the metric I seek lies unfound,|
Waiting to be found.
Am I abandoned by the images,
Does the Media fail me?
Symbology, advertising, definitions:
Myself imprisioning me through
Another's perception of others' image
Of me, of me, how shall I measure thee?