- I remember my loneliness
there in that strait.
The long night and the pine are with me wherever I go.
Then Youssef adds another layer of textual meaning. Notice how the poet stops after each opening line with no intention of going on. In addition he directly addresses the reader telling them that simply by the fact he has stopped he is probably disappointing them. By the third line the poet uses a declarative sentence and consequently affirms to the reader that, "this is a third disappointment."
The expectation is that it becomes clear to the reader that he intends to let them down. One of the key characteristics of self-reflexive poetry that it deliberately plans to reflect on the reader-poet relationship and employs a constant exploitation and repartee with the reader. The objective of the poet is to draw the attention of the reader to the fact that the poem is reflective of a meta-poet theme. In this case "disappointments."
This is significant because as a farce not only is the poet disappointed, the poet has also elicited a sense disappointment in the reader as well. There is a reaction on the readers part from this spontaneous effect, hence it is termed "self-reflexive."