Putin, or: A body double

A ‘Septolet’

wave flags 
at Russian pro-war 

in Moscow filled 
with Russian flags.


The Septolet is a poem consisting of seven lines containing fourteen words with a break anywhere in between the two parts. Both parts deal with the same thought and create a picture.

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Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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19 thoughts on “Putin, or: A body double”

  1. This is very interesting to me as I recently watched a clip of Putin speaking where the crowd in the background didnโ€™t seem very enthusiastic about flag waving โ€“ rather, I saw folks holding, sorta trying to wave, as if on cue, once in awhile, while their focus was on what appears to be a cell phone in their hand โ€“ rather than on the speaker, and what the speaker was saying โ€“ etc. The camera lens of the speaker and faithful waving flags behind was a โ€˜screenshotโ€™ zone in of the speech โ€“ but seriously, watching the clip sans sound, commentary, closed-captioning or interpreter โ€“ and trying to understand if it was โ€˜so coldโ€™ that day that if one waved flag alot, it just made the temp around the group colder?? Continues to fascinate me and always, my question, โ€œHmmmโ€ฆ.wonder what that body language/overall video really means??โ€ Just commenting, in hopes I log back in later and there are some comments by folks who know more about all of this, than I โ€“ ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. Thanks for the ‘feedback’ – I watch the’crowd’ at ‘rallies’ of MANY leaders/making their bid to be a leader – whenever the shot shows such things ‘behind the podium’ – – to me/for me, I often ‘feel as if’ I can more insights with the sound turned off – and just watch the facial expressions/body language of all on the screen – alas, I sadly know just enough about me own lil biases/visceral reactions, blindspots AND just enough about what human brains do, when it ‘takes in’ information from multiple senses, that conflicts and thus, tries to ‘rectify it into a coherent story” – and well – I endlessly question myself – on all these fronts – and, often, in my ‘questioning of self’ – I think, “Self? Why don’t ya just ask ‘so and so’ that you know?? They most likely have an opportunity to be more in the know about various ‘behind the televised scene’ than you do – – So thanks again! Knew I could count on you to let me know if I was totally missing something, with more ‘boots on the ground’ information on a variety of ‘perspectives’ of so many affected by the things going on in their region – appreciate it!

  2. I have a friend who believes many of the most powerful people in the world today are clones of the real thing, the originals either dead or in hiding. Many famous people believed dead she claims are alive and being held in safe keeping. Her theories astound, confuse, amuse and sometimes frighten me. She is never boring. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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