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Fee-fi-fo-fum

Searching, seeking I have come

 

Fi-fo-fum-fee

Who will help me find the way?

 

Fo-fum-fee-fi

Is it I or is it me?

 

Fum-fee-fi-fo

Will I come or will I go?

 

Fee-fi-fo-fum

Am I sentence or a sum?

 

 

Fi-fo-fum-fee

Plain truth is that I am me

 

Fo-fum-fee-fi

That this is me can be no lie

 

Fum-fee-fi-fo

On and upward I will go

 

Fee-fi-fo-fum

Back to Him from whom I've come.

 

Wendy J Allen, 2014

The poem contains much that is hidden - hidden meanings, hidden rhymes and subtle changes.  It moves forward with an inexorable gait - a slow, seeking, searching plod.

 

The first couplet indicates that the speaker is on a journey, having 'come' from somewhere, and the second tells us what s/he is seeking.  Is this an actual or metaphorical journey?  You must judge as the poem proceeds.

 

The question, 'Is it I or is ot me?' has an interesting construction for students of grammar.  Grammatically, 'I' is the subject, the person acting, whereas 'me' is an object pronoun, signifying someone being acted upon.  The confusion implied in the question is reflected in the hidden nature of the rhyme in this couplet.

 

'Am I sentence or a sum?' Is this a grammar versus mathematics query or does 'sentence' have other connotations, punishment perhaps?  Is this a phrase that speaks of consequences, good and bad or is it a discourse on the penal system, or just an observation attempting to make sense of life?

 

The second stanza might suggest a possible solution to the riddle, although it also poses yet more questions, just like life itself!

Fee-fi-fo-fum, I think this is a bit of fun.  I hope you enjoy it!

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