|Very intelligent work! I had to reread this several times, because you're right, it is thought-provoking.
I personally believe that the body is important, because without health, one can't enjoy much of life, can they? But that's my philosophy.
After I got past the several re-reads, and by the
way, each time I read it, it was more intriguing, I found that it could flow a little better with a few suggestions:
My body isn’t me.
I am not my body.
It is merely the vessel
that encases who I am.
This stanza could be placed later in the poem or even removed altogether. The rest of the poem says the same thing but more elaborately.
Also, the following stanza seems to be a better
beginning for the poem:
Who am I? What am I?
How do I think of who I am?
No sharply focused image of my body
comes to my mind.
Instead, I am what I think and believe,
how I act and react – my intellect,
my accumulated wisdom and experience,
my compassion and concern,
what I stand for, what I oppose,
how large my loves,
how small my hates and prejudices.
THIS is who I am.
Also the ending, like the first stanza, feels as
if it's not necessary. The previous stanza about your wife is so beautiful, that it really doesn't need
anything else added at the end.:)
Hope this helped!