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And Then There's You...

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Michael
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0 posted 12-31-2011 05:27 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Michael

And Then There’s You…


And then there’s you…
You, who wears your sex like a crown,
Yet serves it up daily
To the starving masses
Gathering beneath your table
In hopes some sweet morsel
Falls their way
What is it you take with you?
…When that tarnishing silver
Proves naught but a burdensome hollow –
When all those eyes
Begin to look elsewhere,
And you realize the fallacy
You’ve clung to the whole of your life
Has just traded you in
On a newer model…
A slightly fresher version
Of yesterday’s same ol’ same ol’
While you fade to
Some stagnant depiction,
Founded on destitute tomorrow.

And then there’s you…
You, who only yesterday
Rolled yourself in ashes,
Yet stand today to sound
Love’s very trumpet
Herald of a dream
Your very own making…
Do you even hear its sound?
More than just slight off key –
A squawking I’d gladly drown
With the harmonica
I never learned to play
In prison.
Loneliness would prove a stronger lover,
Emptiness, a much sounder refrain.
Silliness this is –
This paltry summoning
Of antiquated emotion
And ill-timed jests…
So, so surely you jest?

And then there’s you…
You, who concluded in youth
That Time would be a much better teacher,
But now, in Death’s graying shadows
Have only just begun to question if you
Could have been a better student.
You, who dared dance with Misery
Only to find her judgments
Less than sound,
Prejudice even;
And yet chose her company
Again and again…
Over family,
Over friends,
Over love.

You, who damned yourself
To believe that,
Rightly delineated,
Somewhere between the stupid
And the stubborn,
A mirror that never lies
Could reveal a much broader truth –
A much more needed truth…
Some mad-hatter wrinkle,
Some pay-per-view sellout
That would pull you from the
Soul-sucking edge of oblivion
And greet you
With the wisdom of the Sages.

And so now,
You peel your eyelids back,
Forcing yourself to look
Yet again…
The hunger never satisfied.
The aching never quelled.
The sacrament, unattainable
Before those eyes.
Those eyes,
So full of condemnation,
So insatiable,
So full of hate…
For then, there’s you.


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Nicole
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1 posted 12-31-2011 06:11 PM       View Profile for Nicole   Email Nicole   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Nicole

Yessssssssssssss... I would never say that writing in meter and rhyme is like wearing shackles; because for you, it's always been an art.  But that's almost what I want to say now, seeing you throw off the bonds and write in free verse.  This is dark and rich, and full of explosive imagery.  My hat is off to you, my Dear.  Very few people can walk both sides of this fence.  
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2 posted 12-31-2011 06:28 PM       View Profile for bel1e   Email bel1e   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for bel1e

Woah....now that's some heavy, heavy condemnation...dark, angry....rife with emotion, Michael....gotta love those pay-per-view events, dude.  LOL...loved it!

             

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3 posted 12-31-2011 06:35 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Nicole, I don’t know about the whole “throwing off the bonds” concept.  For me, it feels more like running outside completely naked… and in the snow no less.  Not sure where this muse came from, but thank you for making me feel comfortable on your side of the fence.  

Bel1e, Yeah, my life would be a pay-per-view sellout on any given weekend more than likely… lol  I’m glad you enjoyed.

Michael
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4 posted 01-01-2012 03:18 PM       View Profile for JL   Email JL   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JL

"You, who dared dance with Misery
Only to find her judgments
Less than sound,
Prejudice even;
And yet chose her company
Again and again…
Over family,
Over friends,
Over love."


Fine writing again, Michael.

JL


  

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,and with all your mind. Love your neighbor as yourself.
Maranatha!

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5 posted 01-02-2012 06:56 AM       View Profile for tracie66   Email tracie66   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit tracie66's Home Page   View IP for tracie66

a very powerful & visual write - well done!

Love is the life of the soul...
It is the harmony of the universe
                        — W. E. Channing


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6 posted 01-02-2012 08:23 AM       View Profile for jwesley   Email jwesley   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jwesley

Always enjoy reading your work, my friend. No exception here.

j.

j.
Michael
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7 posted 01-02-2012 02:35 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

JL, thank you, my friend.

Tracie, glad you enjoyed.

You too James, thanks for stopping by.

Michael

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8 posted 01-03-2012 02:45 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

I read them all Michael, and am just too lazy to comment on every one, but I do save them all for another read, on another day   Thank you.
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9 posted 01-16-2012 12:12 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

And so now,
You peel your eyelids back,
Forcing yourself to look
Yet again…


And then there are others... who refuse to ever see how things are and maintain their myths to the very end. As much as I want to inspire poetry, this isn't one I'd like to be about me, however excellent the work! *S* And this is superb, Michael... but then, I wouldn't have expected less for if it involves words, you are the master, whatever the form. *S* You make both rhyme and free verse seem effortless, when neither are, not if they're done well. (PS... if you're gonna run outside naked in the snow, PLEASE have someone get a video camera... we don't want to miss poetry in motion!!! LOL)
Michael
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10 posted 01-17-2012 03:12 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Mysteria, that you read them all I take as a great compliment.  Thank you.

Ruth, lol…umm… that’s just scarey… I wouldn’t call that poetry!

Michael
 
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