Body, Country, and Betrayal: A Poem

Your body will betray you.
Without consent or reason,
Without preparation or solution,
Without fairness or predictability,
Pain and tumors will colonize.
Ideologies and histories colonize, too.
Suffering will reign in the body.
Your body will betray you,
Until an expiration date suddenly reveals,
“Life is over,”
And interrupts all.
Your body will betray you,
Always, betray you.

Without consent or reason,
Without preparation or solution,
Without fairness or predictability,
With lies and broken promises,
Your country will demand you.
And betray you:
you and your body.
Such demanding, victimizing religious patriotism,
Binds people and money and ideas,
Blinds and tortures.
With acknowledgment and dissatisfaction,
Your country and its conformists will betray you,
Always, betray you.

Epilogue:

Events surrounding Trumpism, generally, and Kavanaugh, specifically, inspired this poem, as well as Joseph Schreiber’s essay and my never-ending health problems. In addition, before today, I made several unsuccessful attempts to explore this theme of body, country, and betrayal in this medium. The poem is both personal and artistic. 

Finally, the following quotation is important: 

On the one hand, man is a body, in the same way that this may be said of every other animal organism. On the other hand, man has a body. That is, man experiences himself as an entity that is not identical with his body, but that, on the contrary, has that body at its disposal.

Dr. Andrew Joseph Pegoda



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8 replies

  1. Very powerful. And thank you for acknowledging my essay.

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  2. Dr. Pegoda you are an inspiration to everyone. You are the best professor. You exude strength and courage. We are so lucky to be your students! This poem was so moving:)

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  3. Beautiful Dr. Pegoda! You are such an accomplished prolific writer!! We are so lucky to be your students! You evoke so many feelings and emotions in us that help us to be better human beings. You exude strength and integrity while having an open heart! You are the best professor!!

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  4. This is a fine piece of writing as well as an excellent poem. I’m so glad your students appreciate you, for I know how much you love them. I’m going to print this out and add it to my “collection.”

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