I had to search for the meaning of its title and how it was relevant to the content of the poem that I wish to include here! Why this particular title, MIMESIS ? According to the Chambers Cambridge Dictionary, “mimesis” is related to “mime” an ancient farcical play of real life; a play without dialogue, relying solely on movement, expression, etc; imitation or representation in art; simulation of one disease by another What meaning does the author of this poem, Fady Joudah, wish to convey? Given this moment in our history, how does this provocative poem speak to you? to us?
My daughterwouldn’t hurt a spider
that had nested
between her bicycle handles
for two weeks
until it left of its own accord
If you tear down the web I saidit will simply know
this isn’t a place to call home
and you’d get to go biking
She said that’s how othersbecome refugees isn’t it?
Renee Domeier, OSB