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Night Quakes

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Wendy
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0 posted 09-10-99 02:33 PM       View Profile for Wendy   Email Wendy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Wendy

Sometimes in the quiet
You can hear your own living;
The pulsing echo in your ears
Like the breathy throb
Of a degenerate conch.
The raspy throat of death,
Attempting to trick the steady rhythm
Of the gentle heartbeat in repose.

See that--
That sudden pulse
At the back of your head,
That wringing jumble
Of coiled wires poking the senses,
Inducing a gasp
Hyper as a seismograph,
Chest constricting like a bellows.

Is it the inching of groundwater,
The grinding of rock against stone
That makes your bed tremble?
Is it the sighing of old lumber,
A sleepy settling in of tongue upon groove?
Or a distant eighteen-wheeler,
Sending shivers through the tarmac,
Leaving an undulating wake in
The heat-soaked porosity of asphalt?

Exhale slowly until the shaking stops,
And let the comforter suffocate
The shiver of timber and limb.
Count the keys as the veins slip
Into soft metronome beats.
Only in the darkness of death's hallway
Can you hear yourself blink.
© Copyright 1999 Wendy - All Rights Reserved
Pepper
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1 posted 09-10-99 03:16 PM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

extraordinary!!!!!!!!!!

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May your days be filled with lots of sunshine and your nights lit up by golden moonbeams
Balladeer
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2 posted 09-10-99 04:57 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Between you, Denise and Doreen, I'm gonna have to get three WONDERFUL POEM! stamps!
Michael
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3 posted 09-10-99 05:40 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Wendy,
This is an extraordinary piece - as always. It is truly a pleasure to see your work here on the Passion's forum. I hope to see more soon.


Michael
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since 05-24-99
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4 posted 09-10-99 09:07 PM       View Profile for desperado   Email desperado   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for desperado

wendy -

nice to see you about and writing. I really like this piece. vivid, imaginative and constructive in the way only a few have done for me. congratulations on a job well done.

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5 posted 09-13-99 08:44 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Absolutely extraordinary!
 
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