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Re: the poems thread
« Reply #1425 on: May 01, 2013, 10:15:30 PM »

Black Bat,

I swear I had a tab open with a response to your poem and a wish to pretend that we were stuck in Poetry Month somewhere before that last poem of mine but it disappeared into the ether.

Anyway, I second Devery's welcome!  You did some really interesting things with repetition of sounds and natural imagery in that first poem of yours.
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I know way too many
armchair revolutionaries,
punk ass Ghandis,
and lazy wordsmith activists.

When did the representation
of self by an icon become
the icon to which
we uphold ourselves to,
the Bono, if you will,
of the present day?

When did pressing Like
on a facebook post
balance the scales
with wearing
an armband as
you walked in a protest?

I've got nothing more to say,
really.  But I'm a
Renaissance forum poet,
a Master of internet artistry,
so listen, will you.
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Re: the poems thread
« Reply #1426 on: May 02, 2013, 04:19:44 PM »





When It's Time


expectencies hover
in cold tidal lining
ere the binding
of time’s abundant
slivers

where stones are laid out
treasures like chiseled 
baby moons 
before the sweeping walls
encircle them
the measured triumph
barely looms

fine and ragged mouths assigned
their dull and grainy parts
tomorrow when the cog
slips and squeaking
meadows climb

the resilience of grasses
folding sand the cloistered
barometer atop the
sealed-off quarry
winding barren clocks forward
at the temerity of the sea





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Re: the poems thread
« Reply #1427 on: May 02, 2013, 05:05:22 PM »

I will name my folk punk band "Punk Ass Ghandis"

I already have an acapella black metal band called "Papal Tapestry"

You should join at least one of them.
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« Reply #1428 on: May 03, 2013, 11:41:02 PM »

How Now?

Milk and Butter;
My Brothers
from another udder.

We three all
seem so different now
I can't believe
We came from the same cow.

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Re: the poems thread
« Reply #1429 on: May 16, 2013, 03:35:12 PM »

(I Was) Getting Ready (to Miss You)

You hadn’t left yet.
In fact,
you were never
really
going to leave.

Still,
I began to hate
this love forsaken place.
In fact,
I wouldn’t even
really
care for you pretty soon.

Still,
we could’ve made a
life of it,
if just one of us
ever,
really,
tried.

Still,
I didn’t place the blame
honestly,
anywhere at all;
or do anything else
honestly,
really,
while
I was getting ready to miss you.
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Re: the poems thread
« Reply #1430 on: May 20, 2013, 07:35:44 PM »

Sudden Downpour


A metronome
to a
slow dance
at first.
The imagined
apple drop-
ped from
the tree.

But then it's full on,
everything you dreamt of
and more.  The steady
military percussion of a million
tapping at your head, insisting
on acceptance, persisting at
defiance.  A crescendo -- and
maybe you could get lost, swept
into the rivers on the street, turn
your 60% water into 100%, oh!
it would be magnificent to fall
from the skies, to hit the earth
with such beautiful violence to
shatter into a thousand, to return
again and again.

And then, quiet.

The earth smells
like it remembers --
your palms wet
where you reached
to touch.
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Re: the poems thread
« Reply #1431 on: May 28, 2013, 09:15:46 PM »

Dismantle the books from the shelves,
scatter the wreck of poetry on the ground

Lift up the couches, tables, beds,
find party remnants, hidden messages

Take her hat, leave your shirt--
it's all a tangled grab bag anyway

Your reflection in the dark window:
you'll see her again
you'll see her again
you'll see
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Re: the poems thread
« Reply #1432 on: May 28, 2013, 10:33:55 PM »

Psychopomp

at ease
dear Heart
at ease after
inviting anyone, everyone
to come in so that alone
would not mean
broken

at ease
dear Dreamer
at ease after
trying so very hard
to bind the wounds of
that broken-winged
bird

at ease
dear Child
at ease after
saying “yes”  too loudly
so they would not hear
your quiet screaming
no

at ease
dear Mind
at ease after
clawing through thorns
and tangles for words
that finally tell the whole
truth

at ease
dear Soul
at ease after
pleasing and appeasing
so many false
and foreign
gods

rest at ease
rest at east
rest at east

now sleep
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Re: the poems thread
« Reply #1433 on: June 23, 2013, 04:49:55 AM »

A late welcome, revsean.  My favorite stanza is the one to the Dreamer.

VIII.

You pulled the plug
just as I reached for it.

My fingers frozen still,
my smile inanimate

Every time I go to the outlet,
my palms wet with fear,
the sudden jolt
leaves behind the smell
of burning flesh.
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Re: the poems thread
« Reply #1434 on: July 01, 2013, 08:42:56 PM »

Something told me I'd find you here...
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Re: the poems thread
« Reply #1435 on: July 04, 2013, 09:34:04 PM »

Something inside me is breaking.

I can feel the pieces fragmenting
as if I were a disk drive that
was slowing down, that desperately
needed reformatting.

Oh, I can feel caverns and canyons,
holes in the place of organs.

Could you stand behind me and tell me
what you see on the other side -
my bones like window panes:
what does it frame?
where do my next steps
take me?  Quick,
tell me, before a strong gust
pulls me to the ground.
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« Reply #1436 on: July 04, 2013, 09:51:44 PM »

IX.

I wish that heartbreak
wasn't such
a fucking cliche.

I wish I wasn't bored of it
already.

I wish it was a far away
planet, that I could discover--
filled with vast landscapes
and a glimmer of luminosity.

I'd voyage there
through airless passage
and write you letters
to tell you how great it was
to come across
something new, to tell you
how great I am, really
in this new world.
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« Reply #1437 on: July 06, 2013, 10:36:17 PM »

X.

We never fought like this
before.

That was the problem,
you'd probably say.

I'm giving you
what you want,
but I've already lost
the war, might as well
use all my spears.

I am a hunter,
stripped of civility
stripped of self preservation,
and I'll fling my words
as fast as I can,
pierce through you,
bring you down.

You'd appreciate
my thinking of the Native
warriors, the war paint,
the bison hunt.

It's only when I remember
that they used bison
as sustenance, as shelter
that I realize how shitty
a metaphor this is, and how
grave a mistake I have made.

It's too late to retreat--
and I am already kneeling,
my pen full of mud,
my heart at your feet.
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Re: the poems thread
« Reply #1438 on: August 28, 2013, 01:05:59 PM »

Storytelling


generally, I like
the shorthand version
the gist is poetry
to me
my mind humming
with unspoken dramas
context like a wildflower
pressed thin
between the lines

when night
removes its coat
I see it -
the dew in the garden
the sky festooned
with ribbons
twining through the spin
of invisible stars
the way she lifts down
from dawn’s curved
shoulders
bony and pale and neat
as a berry-stained
rose




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Re: the poems thread
« Reply #1439 on: September 09, 2013, 01:07:59 PM »

i love the sound of your whisper
it sounds like a haunted tone
just a sketch of an emotion

i love the smell of your shadow
the shirt with loose threads
i feel unmade and chilled

i love the curve of your "y"
you bend it like a reed
lilting just enough to let me in
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