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Christopher
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Purgatorial Incarceration


0 posted 05-30-2000 05:10 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Christopher

the amber glow
of a burning
       cigarette
coupled---------with the crackling
   of its demise
   heralds
yet another sleepless moment

trapped in this prison
...alone...
in silent timelessness
    I lose myself
           wishing
                   for the cessation
  of all thought
so as to have peace of mind
            for this mind in
                 p ie c  e s

and still...
     the digital readout
(click-click-click)
of my inaudible jailor
       -slowly-
       -slowly-
       -slowly-
ticks off the paces
      of this captivity

following sighs,
   one weary soul,
                      -mine,
      bellows into the darkness
a longing
for this innocence
which blesses
      the ignorant
  ...see,
it is known
     that only in the shelter
                   of stupidity
      can one find
  a soothing balm
            to ease a tortured heart

             but,
as the dragon-swirls of yellowed smoke
waft languidly
        from my lips
   and into the air
          it carries the possibilities
      of peace
and crashes them into the ceiling
     thereby dissipating dreams
                       into for-never
            and mocking me
              with denial




"Who needs sleep?
Yeah, you're never gonna get it!
Who needs sleep?
Tell me what that's for!"
-Barenaked Ladies

[This message has been edited by Christopher (edited 05-30-2000).]
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Poet deVine
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Hurricane Alley


1 posted 05-30-2000 05:23 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Why do I have visions of Lenny Bruce when reading this? Very good..  
serenity blaze
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2 posted 05-30-2000 05:55 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

A fellow insomniac---this is perfect, Christopher...drifts and floats just like smoke, and I guiltily confess, just as satisfying...glad ya picked up that pen again...
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3 posted 05-31-2000 12:34 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Oh, Christopher~
If I had such vivid thoughts to light up the sleepless night ... I wouldn't sleep either.
My God, this is simply an awesome piece of poetry.
I'm glad you couldn't sleep.
~*Marge*~


 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
           noles1@totcon.com             



[This message has been edited by Marge Tindal (edited 05-31-2000).]
Irie
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4 posted 05-31-2000 02:02 AM       View Profile for Irie   Email Irie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Irie

Missed seeing you around here Chris.
Glad you popped back in for a quick visit!  
You have just described many of nights for me!
Excellent poem my friend. I agree with Marge, I'm
glad you couldn't sleep. But I won't call you Brad, I promise!  TeeHee


 ~Sheri
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5 posted 05-31-2000 08:16 AM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

And well do I know how many times you have been here before.

'Tis not forever.

K
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6 posted 05-31-2000 09:14 AM       View Profile for Irish Rose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Irish Rose

I could hear the piano music playing in the background, that's how real this was.

 Kathleen
indy31_99@yahoo.com

Sudhir Iyer
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7 posted 05-31-2000 10:29 AM       View Profile for Sudhir Iyer   Email Sudhir Iyer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sudhir Iyer

Christopher,
This is an amazing piece of work, no wonder sleep did not bother to disturb you...it just did not want to disturb your work of art in progress...


Regards, sudhir.

 Hey you, out there in the cold,
Getting lonely, getting old, can you feel me?
Hey you, standing in the aisle,
With itchy feet and fading smile, can you feel me?
Hey you, don't help them to bury the light.
Don't give in without a fight.
Hey you, out there on your own,
Sitting naked by the phone, would you touch me?
Hey you, with your ear against the wall,
Waiting for someone to call out, would you touch me?
Hey you, would you help me to carry the stone?
Open your heart, I'm coming home....

by Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) - The Wall


[This message has been edited by Sudhir Iyer (edited 05-31-2000).]
Christopher
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Purgatorial Incarceration


8 posted 05-31-2000 01:32 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

Thanks everyone!
It was nice to "pick up the pen" again, if only for a brief moment. I guess there's still times when one needs to purge!  

Sharon - I know dear! It's cause you're a visionary!

Serenity - Thanx! 'Tis only for a moment, but thank you for the welcome!

Marge - You still bring a smile to my face with every word you say...   Glad sometimes I can't sleep too, though there are plenty of times I wish otherwise!!!

Irie - Doing somthing like that would be tantamount to signing a death warrant!!! LOL actually, I can't think of many other's who's names I'd rather be called!

K - manymanymanymany times over! HUGS

Kathleen - Thank you as well... interesting take.... I was playing the banjo though! LOL

Sudhir - Your kind words humble me. Thank you!
Skyfyre
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9 posted 05-31-2000 03:21 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

Oh me oh my, where DID I leave my violin?  hehehe  Ignorance is indeed bliss, is it not..?  

Perhaps 'twould be advisable to lay off the 'Dew for a while, m'friend -- maybe then you might tempt that busy brain of yours into slumber for a bit ... hehehe

Oh, and BTW -- I knew you'd never keep that promise -- the voices in your head just have TOO MUCH TO SAY ... (and besides, good prose takes too long to write)  



 Full fathom five thy father lies,
Of his bones are coral made,
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange...


--William Shakespeare, from The Tempest

Christopher
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Purgatorial Incarceration


10 posted 05-31-2000 03:46 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

Grooooooooooan!
You know Kess, you are... a welcome sight! LOL, I think I needed a good dose of sarcasm! LOL. I tried my hardest I did I did! But every now and then... Thanx, I think...
brian madden
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11 posted 05-31-2000 04:28 PM       View Profile for brian madden   Email brian madden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for brian madden

Wow Chris.

with the crackling
   of its demise
   heralds
yet another sleepless moment

lose myself
           wishing
                   for the cessation
  of all thought
so as to have peace of mind
            for this mind in
                 p ie c  e s


wow.

see,
it is known
     that only in the shelter
                   of stupidity
      can one find
  a soothing balm
            to ease a tortured heart

wow. ok catching my breath. amazing poem, felt like I was there, but I would have opened a window, yes I am one of those who does not like smoke. stunning poem, I hope you get a good nights sleep tonight, I hate insomnia as well. Someone invent a good cure for it please.



 ------------------------
"Here chewing your tail is joy"

Richey Edwards

"Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints. Kill nothing but time".

Baltimore Grotto

"Will you accuse me as I hide Behind these layers of disguise And the mirrors of my own happiness.I've loved the freedom of being inside
Need a new start and a different time
Something grows in the space between me
And it's twisting and changing this fragile body" -Nicky Wire


SpitFire
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12 posted 05-31-2000 09:47 PM       View Profile for SpitFire   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SpitFire

~Christopher,...boy what a piece. I could so see you there...see it all.   Man....I haven't read much of you at all and am quickly realizing I am missing out....big time.  I'll have to do some searching.

...so as to have peace of mind
           for this mind in
                p i e c  e s...

*Gosh,..how many a nights I have wished for this very thing.


            
...but, as the dragon-swirls of yellowed smoke
waft languidly
        from my lips
   and into the air
          it carries the possibilities
      of peace
and crashes them into the ceiling
     thereby dissipating dreams
                       into for-never
            and mocking me
              with denial....

*This is so perfectly vivid and amazing I must say.  Definately a very cool read. *Peace.


poetFemmeFatale
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13 posted 06-02-2000 03:18 PM       View Profile for poetFemmeFatale   Email poetFemmeFatale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for poetFemmeFatale

This whole piece was sharply awesome...however, you introduced me to a new "word" that I really like, and for that, I must say thanks!  

For-never

Bravo Chris!
 
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