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Alicat
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0 posted 05-03-2001 11:33 AM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Alicat

Manila walls define the space
As treacle ennui seeps
From over-stuccoed pores

Boredom distilled, refined
Gleaming as even grime will
If polished and buffed enough

The Learned [sic] rub rashes
Against supplicants, hoping
They contract Education

And the buzzing of stoned bees
Suserate, deliniate silence
In this tomb of Knowledge


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1 posted 05-03-2001 11:39 AM       View Profile for Allan Riverwood   Email Allan Riverwood   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Allan Riverwood

Interesting, I'm reading this through time and again, perhaps I'm missing something though.  I am certain this was intended to have been vague (either that or I am really starting to lose it  ), but from what I see it is to say that learning is not just knowledge, but something more?  I'm thinking it has something to do with literal knowledge (like education) versus either experience or creativity... but I could be (and most likely am) way off.  
Well I'm going to read this again, thanks for giving me something to do on my lunch break, Ali.  
~Allan

Build a man a fire, and he's warm for a day.  Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.  
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2 posted 05-03-2001 01:34 PM       View Profile for Nicole   Email Nicole   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Nicole

Ali - My dear, this made me laugh.  Laugh like only your particular humor can.  My favorite stanza?...

"The Learned [sic] rub rashes
Against supplicants, hoping
They contract Education"

Followed closely by the second stanza.  Quite the imagination you have - always, always a pleasure to read.

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3 posted 05-03-2001 04:53 PM       View Profile for Munda   Email Munda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Munda's Home Page   View IP for Munda

Hmm...As much as I hate to admit it, your poem is beyond my comprehension of the English language and since I'm very lazy tonight I may translate it to my own language tomorrow.  
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4 posted 05-04-2001 08:35 AM       View Profile for Dopey Dope   Email Dopey Dope   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dopey Dope

This was a bit odd for me, but quite enjoyable nonetheless. I really liked it. I thought you wrote it well.

I was born myself, raised myself, and will continue to be myself. The world will just have to adjust.

I'm in love with my shadow
I admire it daily

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Ouch my head hurts. interesting poem enjoyed the read though I am slightly confused
really loved the below images


And the buzzing of stoned bees
Suserate, deliniate silence
In this tomb of Knowledge


"difference between love and comfortis that comfort's more reliable and true
Brutal and mocking but always therea crutch for enmity's saddest glare"

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6 posted 06-06-2001 02:58 AM       View Profile for Yu Lan   Email Yu Lan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Yu Lan

*chuckles* ah, this is very well done.. "rub rashes"   Yep.. well done..
Hmm, only thing I'm a little unsure about is the first line of the third stanza.. "The Learned [sic] rub rashes" The learned (sic)?? What is (sic)?

Lynne

“One word can be magical. Imagine then, the effect of several words, together..”

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7 posted 06-06-2001 10:07 AM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

[sic] is originally meant to indicate that something is shown as is, often in a quote.
example: 'I was redy [sic], but she wasn't'

I use it to show a purposeful misconstruation of Learned, hinting that not everyone who teaches knows what they are teaching.  
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