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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:43 AM
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The RetroLounge Daily Poem Thread (Fri 12/15/06)
Friends

This is the viscous heart I hide from you:
gnashing, polluted, hooked to my ribs
like a burr, stuck there and stinging,
and its only four fourteen in the morning.

Those sudden shudders my waking alarm,
then the daily discipline of shutting away that heart,
shambling through the house, touching things,
stroking their shapes as if it could help me not

be the Bad Sowers daughter each morning:
the pit from a seed he sowed and left to parch,
and no crows would feed on it. So I lived. I dont
want to explain this further, Im done with it.

But this for you: on the days I touch your books,
read your letters, recall a gaze, the delicate
dangle of an earring, or the throwing
back of a head in laughter,

its you seeding the first beat into the heart
I open. And as the sun heaves daylight
into the parched tree by my window,
and rats burrow away, when pigeons come

down to feed on dust and pizza crusts, I thrum
the light syllables of your names on my sill with all
ten fingers, typing them firmly into the brick,
and counting their beats, counting their beats.

Laure-Anne Bosselaar


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

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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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:05 AM
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1. Heartbreaking
Edited on Fri Dec-15-06 10:06 AM by BarenakedLady
I love the imagery.

"then the daily discipline of shutting away that heart
shambling through the house, touching things,
stroking their shapes as if it could help me not"

Thank you :hug:
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Chorophyll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:12 AM
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Another beauty. Thanks RetroLounge.
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