i for an I

Dear Letters of the Alphabet,
We regret to inform you
of the untimely death
of one of your brethren, lowercase i.
Gone missing a while back,
we were hoping for its return
to its rightful place in the alphabet,
but alas,
it could not survive the I-me-mine
culture’s fixation
and dependency upon
uppercase I, a.k.a., the big I.
It has gotten so bad
that whenever it is about U,
it somehow becomes a matter of I,
and if it’ s about ME,
it is still about I,
leaving the poor M and E
feeling flat and not needed.
That being said,
society’s unhealthy obsession
with the Big I
has left us no choice
but to force this vowel
to stand trial.
Whether or not
the Big I is to blame
for its role in the I-centric
attitude and lexicon
of modern society,
I cannot say.
What I can state, unequivocally:
the Big I has grown more and more inflated,
monstrously obscene,
 if you’ll indulge
me a dash of hyperbole,
and as a consequence of this
bloated inflation,
the Big I has suffered a great loss
in both value and meaning.
And so, Letters of the Alphabet,
I’ll conclude my text
by beseeching each and every one
of you to be present at the trial
–remember every letter counts
and holds equal value—
and to please keep alive
the memory of little I,
and let its passing
serve as a grave reminder:
when the last letter falls,
there can be no more

About John Biscello

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, writer, poet, spoken word performer, and playwright, John Biscello now lives in Taos, New Mexico. He is the author of three novels: Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale, Raking the Dust, and Nocturne Variations, and a collection of stories, Freeze Tag. His fiction and poetry has appeared in: Art Times, nthposition, The Wanderlust Review, Ophelia Street, Caper, Polyphony, Dilate, Militant Roger, Chokecherries, Farmhouse, BENT, The 555 Collective, Instigator, Brass Sopaipilla, The Iconoclast, Adobe Walls, Kansas City Voices, and the Tishman Review. His blog--Notes of an Urban Stray--can be read at johnbiscello.blogspot.com. Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale was named Underground Book Reviews 2014 Book of the Year.
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