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Cheers (Goodbye Yellow Brick Road)

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serenity blaze
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0 posted 01-26-2007 07:54 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for serenity blaze

I hit the buzzer on the door
the one that wasn't there before
then I smiled angelically
with horns, so they would know it's me.
Granted entrance to the same
place where they once knew my name--
the bartender did not know me--
"the usual" had changed.

My stool was taken by some guy
who seemed to be quite hypnotized
by the ice that didn't care
if he drank his drink or not.
"What will you have?" she asked of me--
I tried to think of the same drink
that I used to order when
I was more often in my cups.

There was no familiar face
the music on the juke was changed
to stuff I knew yet never heard
I no longer knew the words
and prayed I never would again
toss a shot to coax my throat
to say things better left unsaid.

cliches are words repeated that
are taken as to be a fact--
It's said you can't go home again
and no one loses a true friend
no one can turn back the clock
new threads cannot mend old frocks
books cannot be worthy deemed
by the covers that we read.

But I have found the spine will tell
by bindings cracked from loving dwell
of eyes upon the pages worn
and taped together whence was torn
by eager readers' avarice
and tiny dog ear corners bent--
I can always tell time spent
when passages are fingerworn.

These are the thoughts I had to think
while I had my "goodbye" drink
staring into that smoked glass
glad that all those times had passed
and spared me most of memory.
Then I called to pay the tab--
they told me "ladies drink for free."
I shook my head and left them cash
and bought the shackles tempting me

to stay

where I do not belong.


© Copyright 2007 serenity blaze - All Rights Reserved
Martie
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1 posted 01-26-2007 08:09 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Karen

You've touched a place I find within someone I love, who, bless him, has changed the way he sees the things he used to love, even me.
sandgrain
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2 posted 01-26-2007 10:04 PM       View Profile for sandgrain   Email sandgrain   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sandgrain

I'm so happy you feel you don't belong there anymore, Karen.  I'm not a prude, but the drinking can cause or deepen depression and you don't need that.  I'm happy to see you posting.

  Love and prayers,
     Rae
serenity blaze
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3 posted 01-26-2007 10:20 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

*wince*

Rae?

I didn't mean to mislead you.

I have a glass of wine to my left, right now as I type. So forgive me for disappointing you, but I can't accept congratulations for something that I didn't do--it just ain't honest? yanno?

I thank you tho.

This was just my goodbye to "the life" that I once thought was "home".

But thank you, dear friend.

(Sometimes I think I'm more addicted to "whine" than wine though. )

Thanks, both for reading.

Martie? Rae?
LeeJ
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4 posted 01-27-2007 07:23 AM       View Profile for LeeJ   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LeeJ

then I smiled angelically
with horns, so they would know it's me.

this made me smile...thinking, yes, only you...you know, your poems are so touching, so brutally honest, yet contains a wonder, for so much yet to come...reading you is like hearing an experience of testimony, Karen, you are so wise, and true to self...in the honesty, courage, and strong will your words display...insightful and loving...

Hugs
Lee J.
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5 posted 01-27-2007 07:48 AM       View Profile for nakdthoughts   Email nakdthoughts   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for nakdthoughts

But I have found the spine will tell
by bindings cracked from loving dwell
of eyes upon the pages worn
and taped together whence was torn
by eager readers' avarice
and tiny dog ear corners bent--
I can always tell time spent
when passages are fingerworn.


loved this Karen  

I always enjoy the total of your words. I just relate to the pain of some more than others..and those I leave out of my responses...

Wishing you relief and comfort wherever you feel to be "home".

M
Sunshine
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6 posted 01-27-2007 08:27 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Maureen took the stanza I thought
displayed the theme well...

My glass sits to my right.



Now and then.



Seymour Tabin
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7 posted 01-27-2007 08:48 AM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

serenity  
Sorry but wine gives me a heart burn.
But I love ya anyhow.
passing shadows
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8 posted 01-27-2007 09:21 AM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

through my stages, I jumped from place to place but never really fit in anywhere and never went back twice

never really found my Cheers
so I guess I didn't lose anything

I suppose home is as good a place as any


miscellanea
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9 posted 01-27-2007 09:34 AM       View Profile for miscellanea   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for miscellanea

serenity,

  My favorite piece!  Gosh, this is soooo good!  I'm awake now reading it a second time, and I am in awe.  I'm used to reading another of your styles, whereas, I try to uncover levels and depths of meaning.  When I read this last night, I was in that mode of thinking, and missed what was right before me.  As I wrote, I am mezmorized by the seemingly effortless flow of imagery and rhythm.  I humbly bow!

Much enjoyed, Angel with Hidden Horns, AHH...
Allysa
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10 posted 02-04-2007 10:26 PM       View Profile for Allysa   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Allysa

Wow, lady.
Wow.
Drauntz
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11 posted 07-14-2007 01:42 PM       View Profile for Drauntz   Email Drauntz   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Drauntz

I'll read this later but I have to drag it out first. Every one said that this is a good one.

love
Robert Jordan
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12 posted 07-14-2007 02:23 PM       View Profile for Robert Jordan   Email Robert Jordan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Robert Jordan's Home Page   View IP for Robert Jordan

Serenity blaze,

Don't forget to capitalize "Cliches" in the line:

"cliches are words repeated that"

Otherwise, I like it loads.

Bobby
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13 posted 07-14-2007 03:38 PM       View Profile for Magnus   Email Magnus   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Magnus

Karen,  you are always a pleasure to read.
You are a smart writer and you articulate
very well.  You also are brutally honest
with yourself and sometimes others.  Always
in a way that is part of your nature. (A
good thing)...


thanx,

Barry
Paul Wilson
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14 posted 07-15-2007 03:12 PM       View Profile for Paul Wilson   Email Paul Wilson   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Paul Wilson

Karen...I know what you mean, been back to a few of the old hang outs a few times and nothing was the same. I wonderful write. Enjoyed...Paul

~~To share my poems with you is to share my heart with you~~
Paul

latearrival
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15 posted 07-15-2007 04:41 PM       View Profile for latearrival   Email latearrival   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for latearrival

You are one fascinating lady. Just came back from a vacation and found  you have been writing and what writing!  You are a Queen in my eyes. Read this four times in the last two days. Had to keep coming back.  Thank you, your honesty and humility shine through. LateArrival
CocoBaci
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16 posted 08-28-2007 11:47 AM       View Profile for CocoBaci   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for CocoBaci

Serenity, I came across this jewel, and I must say...
awesome .

*~coco~*
 
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