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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 07:04 AM
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The RetroLounge Daily Poem Thread (Thu 8/10/06)
The Room

At the door, each guest weighs in with a sorrow.
A woman in a bright shawl brings
a family of dead. She'd been in the kitchen
when the earthquake hit, had heard the cries
of her kids in the collapsed room, watched
as the bodies were brought out, covered
with dirt. One by one she places
their names on the scale, folds
them up like laundry and goes in.
A man in fatigues hesitates, embarrassed, then
palms his severed genitals onto the tray.
After a moment he quickly slips them back
into his pocket. The two lovers behind him link arms
and enter as one, having measured out
a handful of T-cells, a fine dust that swirls
in after them. You're next
with your freshly broken heart. But you hang back.
You can see how pathetic you are, how your heart
will lie there prostrate, a slab of meat on the block,
the needle above it fluttering at zero. Suddenly
you feel ashamed to be human. You stand there
gazing stupidly into the room: weeping and stories,
a few embraces, even snatches of song. You can't
imagine happiness in such circumstances,
or why you're here with your grief
over nothing--a face, a body you're already managing
to forget for hours at a time, that eventually,
you know, will be a dim regret--
you are sure you don't belong here, and you turn away,
to go home and be alone with the TV and maybe
a stiff drink to keep your heart from whining.
But the hallway is packed with other people, shoving
you forward to the threshold, each one impatient
to get in, so you do the only thing you can:
set down your burden for the angel
to record, and give back,
and you enter the room of the living.

Kim Addonizio

********************

RL

If you have a request for a certain Poet, post their name in the thread and I will find a poem by them and post it...

if you want to see some of my poetry, see the blog at:
http://www.myspace.com/retropaul
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RevCheesehead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 07:06 AM
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1. Wow.
It's like you've been reading my mind, my heart, and my grief.
Thank you for this, today. I really needed it. :hug:
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 05:40 PM
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7. You're Most Welcome...
:hug:

RL
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wildhorses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 07:11 AM
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2. and I thank God every day for the people that keep pushing me
forward...and one of them would be you RL :loveya: :hug: :hi:
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Callalily Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 07:31 AM
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3. I can just hear, can just
feel the loneliness, the sadness in this poem. It's ringing loud and clear. :cry:

Great poem RL

:hi:
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miss_american_pie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 11:09 AM
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4. Kick
:hi:
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idgiehkt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 11:17 AM
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5. freaky.
wow.
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 11:46 AM
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6. My dear RetroLounge.......
Wow, this is amazing and beautiful!

I love it........

Thank you........ :hug:
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