Driven to Distraction


Driven to Distraction (Randyjw; January 2, 2017)


Compelling added readings

to discern and appreciate its meaning,

and succeeding in the disjointed,

yet well-meaning tone of its being.



Versed commentary on the poem, Engineer, by Jacob Ibrag, January 2, 2017, at eyes + words, here:





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8 responses to “Driven to Distraction

  1. Hi, Dolly. I’m saying that the engineer in the poem is distracted from his work by other thoughts of family, and the poem’s writer did a great job in relaying the disjointedness of the engineer’s thoughts.

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    • There are always many interpretations for meanings, especially in poetry; different associations, thoughts and readings (rhyming!). I’d love to know your interpretation, if you’d like to share it…


    • Here’s the imagery I pull: the man is on a cruise ship in Alaska, peering at a polar bear through binoculars. He has all the latest gadgetry, due to his work and his fascination with technology. I sense fatality, though whether past, present or future is unknown. I feel like he’d gotten a call that one of his own buildings had had a structural collapse. No gadgetry could compensate for fatal human error and not paying attention. Why is he on this voyage/trip without his family? Maybe they were lost in the collapse, and now he is only able to see it from afar, offset with literary devices of cold, ice, polar bears, etc. alluding to his now distant past, or perhaps even his actions, with only his Google Glass projection of family photos to view in his sad memories. It could indicate action in the now, also, in showing his diverted concentration to the task which should be at-hand; it could also portend a futuristic occurence. He might not have been on a trip, but in the field on a site survey — perhaps the oil pipeline/drilling (it’s topical). I get a cruise ship, but maybe that’s due to a subconscious association I’ve possibly made to the writer’s own experiences aboard a cruise ship. The Titanic had structural design issues causing its failure; it wouldn’t be too hard to put yourself into the minds of what had possibly happened in imagining everything that went through everyone’s minds.

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  2. It could, metaphorically, be about someone (the Engineer), living only in imagined reality, as opposed to living in actuality of real flesh and blood people. The “engineer” could be an alliterative description of the man’s adeptness for constructing this altered reality, with its “cold” associations separate from the “warmth” of humanity. But, all of these interpretations are, itself, subjective in the eyes of the readers.

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    • I take it more literal, with some possible allusionary references. But his personal experience I think I pretty much attribute to 100% human/100% metaphysical collaboration.


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