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Is death a pretty bauble?
Well-made, fine-cut jewelry
to drape around your neck
and show off at the party?

Are scars a status symbol?
Jagged stories smoothed and old
to remind you of your youth?
To remind others, too?

Is pain a pleasure to those
lost or found,
or in-between?
The simplest of seductions
sharp, bright and clean.

Are all words dull defenses?
Staid vows without rings?
Turned and soured, dreamless
when sunlight singes, stings.
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1 posted 09-15-2003 01:20 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

You wrote my mind again Mike.

(oh yes, more stories to tell, but I think I owe ya an e mail anyway)

But that opening line hit home for me.

Grim Daze Deez Days in N'awlins...sigh.

Thanks for writing what I could not or simply WOULD not. Death ain't no pretty bauble...
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2 posted 09-15-2003 01:56 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

laughing now..

um, check your e mail for an explantion from the cryptic k....

sheesh.

Hugs you.
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Thanks for the heads-up, K, and may both our days ahead become brighter.
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4 posted 09-16-2003 03:42 AM       View Profile for Local Parasite   Email Local Parasite   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Local Parasite's Home Page   View IP for Local Parasite

quote:
Are all words dull defenses?
Staid vows without rings?
Turned and soured, dreamless
when sunlight singes, stings.


My girl always says to me that words are frustrating because it's like someone is telling you to think only in specific terms, and that thought isn't that simple.  She's a smart girl but I don't know what she's doing with a poet like me.  Maybe she's trying to tear me away from the words I so love.

It's up to people like you and me, Mikey, to make words mean something more than just a dull defense.  Just because they weren't intended for something doesn't mean they are ineffective.  Master the language and its purpose is entirely something of your own choosing.

Love your poetry, as usual.  Your style is solemn and subtle, and causes the goodness of the poem to exist in the brain of the reader.  I ought to try that someday.

Parasite

Faith is a fine invention
When gentlemen can see
But microscopes are prudent
In an emergency.
~~~Emily Dickinson

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Thank you, Brian. I firmly believe Martin Gore's words in the Depeche Mode song Enjoy the Silence. Words do harm. I think I try to write in ways to soften the blow, if that makes any sense. This one was inspired by a friend of a friend of my girlfriend, who recently tried to end her life. When something like that occurs, you just realize how fragile and useless most words are. This was me grappling with that ... Thank you for reading me. I can't wait to see your latest poem.

Mike
 
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