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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-17-09 06:43 AM
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The RetroLounge Daily Poem Thread (Wed 6/17/2009)
My Son the Man

Suddenly his shoulders get a lot wider,
the way Houdini would expand his body
while people were putting him in chains. It seems
no time since I would help him put on his sleeper,
guide his calves into the gold interior,
zip him up and toss him up and
catch his weight. I cannot imagine him
no longer a child, and I know I must get ready,
get over my fear of men now my son
is going to be one. This was not
what I had in mind when he pressed up through me like a
sealed trunk through the ice of the Hudson,
snapped the padlock, unsnaked the chains,
and appeared in my arms. Now he looks at me
the way Houdini studied a box
to learn the way out, he smiled and let himself be manacled.

Sharon Olds

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

:hi:

RL
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blueraven95 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-17-09 07:01 AM
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1. morning!
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-17-09 08:11 AM
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2. Good Morning!
And how are you on this fine morning?

:hi:

RL
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Tuesday Afternoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-17-09 08:13 AM
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3. ^
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-17-09 08:15 AM
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4. Good Morning!
I really need the coffee and donut today... thanks...

:hi:

RL
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FloridaJudy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-17-09 11:24 AM
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5. Nice.
:thumbsup:
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-17-09 12:02 PM
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6. Happy Wednesday!
Hope you're having a good day...

:hi:

RL
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-17-09 01:02 PM
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7. I like Sharon Olds!
This is perfect...

Thank you, Retro...

:hi:
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-17-09 01:12 PM
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8. You're welcome
:hi:

RL
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momto3 Donating Member (497 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-17-09 01:15 PM
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9. I really like this one.
I feel this when I look at my son (even though he is only six!). I must be sentimental today.

I know I don't post much, but I read your poem posts almost every day and really enjoy them. Thank you for these posts.

:hi:
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Chorophyll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-17-09 02:29 PM
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11. Me too, momto3...
My son's about to turn eight. (And his shoulders look gigantic.) :hi:
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-17-09 05:00 PM
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12. Thank you for reading!
Glad to see you here...

:hi:

RL
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Chorophyll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-17-09 02:25 PM
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10. Sharon Olds can be a bit "yuck" sometimes,
but I love this one and relate to it completely. :)

Here's another one about her son: http://johnsiddique.blogspot.com/2004/10/good-will.html

:hi:
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-17-09 05:02 PM
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13. Yeah, my boy is turning 11 next week...
can relate...

:hi:

RL
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