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girlcalledwhatsername · 6 days ago
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A poem I wrote a while back
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Correspondence
- Hritvika Lakhera
Are we still penpals? We correspond through e-mails.
Keyboard pals?
No, that has not caught on,
But it makes me see a future
Where penpals no longer implies handwritten letters,
The pen as obsolete
As rocks on a cave wall,
And kids will ask
"Why is it called a 'penpal'?"
And learn the transference of semantics,
Of connotative meaning from one signified to another,
And I wonder if they will think of us then,
To whom this meaning is so so close,
Right in our grasps.
I have a stack of my parents' letters,
And they reek of bonds maintained over oceans,
And every time I type out a reply to you, by Hell below,
I catch a whiff of that same tenderness.
I haven't met my teachers yet,
But we correspond daily -
Are they too my penpals? No perhaps not,
Not anymore than I am a penpal
To the municipal sending me bills.
My mother would send a card sometimes
In the envelope of her letters,
And I hear of those who pressed flowers,
Sent trinkets like these to their lovers,
All in their mail,
Or photographs of family
To soldiers far away.
It must have felt the same, I think,
As what I feel when I attach a picture,
A link,
A poem,
An essay to you,
Excited to offer more than words,
Knowing it will never be enough,
Not quite,
That quiet
Desperation
Of not being enough,
With words,
Without words,
Without you.
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whyylois · 7 days ago
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Closure in III parts (or: II truths, I lie) | insta: whyylois
Prompts from insta: Write a breakup letter to someone or something you want closure from. Say all the things you didn't say then, and let them flutter away. - #NaPoWriMoxNidhScraps // Write a poem featuring/mentioning details of a dream/daydream you've had - #ElocintingPrompts // Even now, after everything? - #escapril // Drowning never tasted so sweet - #LovelyLittlePromptsWithLiz // Bl(ood r)ush - #Mayhem2020 // Two truths and a lie #NatashaWritesPrompts
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Dear - well. You know who you are. (Or maybe you don't. You've never reached out to me before. Why start now?) You know I dreamed about you for the first time since I left and baby, my memories sure look good on you Golden boy, Midas-touched, high on a pedestal I can't reach Won't you come down and keep me company a while? Even in the sunlight you haunt my daydreams but I don't stand a ghost of a chance with you Prodigal son, earth angel, illuminated from within Won't you come by and light my path?
You looked straight at me ah yes- definitely a dream and suddenly I was ten again and I knew everything the world was my playground the world was a quadrangle the world was me orbiting you until-
Do you remember the day I told you that I liked you? I had it scripted, you see. Used my best line, "Has anyone ever told you that you must be Midas' long lost son blessed with his gold but not his touch? that your eyes are the colour of paradise lost an Eden without an end that they liked you?" "No" "Then count me as the first" I ran before you could reply and I've been running ever since. So this is it. I'm done running a race I will never win.
I am giving you up for good. Hope doesn't bloom like a bouquet in your arms, for there is nothing you can hand me that I can't give myself. I'm tired of every waking moment I spend losing sleep over a fairytale I've mythologised you and now you must be left in my history left to her story.
I've been waiting for a sign from you all these years even now, after everything- But you forgot to put the white sails up when you sailed by They say no man is an island but I am no man and you are no Theseus You cast off, set me adrift another home I- you will never return to.
I am abandoning ship throwing caution to the winds I'll dive into the ocean Let the currents teach me to change my tune they know the sound of a bl(ood r)ush can be tempest-tossed Let the sirens teach me to wield my voice in song they know there is nothing sweeter than drinking drowning in your eyes
And maybe- just maybe- I can let you sink in the depths of my memory. If not? Drinks at the Lethe. On me.
All my love, With warm regards and regret, Til we meet at the crossroads, - ylm
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dragongirlau · 8 days ago
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NaPoWriMo Wrapped Up
Just a short post today to say once again I have finished up my annual challenge of National Poetry Writing Month – NaPoWriMo. Modelled after National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, the idea is to write a poem every day over the month of April. I wrote every day, some of the poems were even moderately good. It seems writing every day is good for producing quantity, and theoretically some of…
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theotherpages · 9 days ago
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30 Essays on The Best Words in the Best Order, 2021 Edition
We did it. Thirty articles in just over 30 days, on many different aspects of poetry, from themes and contrasts to structure, meter, and rhyme, to metaphors and patterns, to breaking things down and building them back up, from expansive views to introspection. I hope you had a chance to enjoy at least some of the articles. If you didn’t, just a reminder that all 30 are archived on https://facebook.com/theotherpages and https://theotherpages.tumblr.com. I will comment that more of you may be Facebook users, but Tumbler is way better at indexing and presenting than Facebook. The Other Pages is also beautifully presented on Tumblr.
Sincere thanks to Kashiana Singh and Nelson Howard Miller for their help. We were without the services of Bob and Robin this year. Nelson actually did his articles while recovering from Covid, and Kashiana while moving across the country and participating in her amazing stream of other events.
The podcasts were a new experience for me, though Kashiana had done it before. They are archived on https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis.
For the record, while tallies continue, we will probably finish up with over 12,000 reads this year, and over 1,200 reactions and comments on Facebook. The most read article featured Maria Nazos and a poem about domestic abuse. Second place was a poem by Ladan Osman on a child’s perspective of racial disparities. Third place was Kashiana’s commentary on Laila Chatti.
This year’s pieces also focused more heavily on contemporary poets. This was educational and highly enjoyable for me, including the opportunity to listen to, meet, talk with, and even get to know some of the poets featured. Please note that the “other” Kashiana, Kashiana Sharma, does not exist. She is one of the virtual residents of The Republic of Dreams.
Yes, we’ll probably do this again next year (“Yay! We’re being renewed for another season!”), but I think I’ll need to draft some additional editorial help.If you’d like to volunteer, let me know.
A catalog of this year’s episodes is included below. If you’ve liked any of this, please SHARE on your favorite social media platform.
--Steve Spanoudis.
1. Denise Levertov - The Room
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-01---Denise-Levertov-etm13r
2. Molly Peacock - The Flaw
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-02---Molly-Peacock-ettvmq
3. Terence Degnan - the yes no
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-03-Terence-Degnan-eu2bvk
4. Vassar Miller - Without Ceremony - article by Nelson Howard Miller
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-03-Vassar-Miller-eu49ut
5. Ladan Osman - The Key
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-05-Ladan-Osman-eu5vmv
6. Pat Mora - Curandera
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-06-Pat-Mora-eu65og
7. Maria Nazos - Waitress in a Small Town Seaside Tavern
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-07-Maria-Nazos-eubgl1
8. Hayden Carruth - The Ravine - article by Nelson Howard Miller
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-08-Hayden-Carruth-eublto
9. Eaven Borland - Becoming Anne Bradstreet
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-09-Eavan-Borland-eucpuc
10. Tishani Doshi - The Day We Went to the Sea
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-10-Tishani-Doshi-eul1fc
11. Yolanda Wisher - sonnet w/ cooking lexicon
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-11-Yolanda-Wisher-eun0hl
12. Laila Chatti - Deluge - article by Kashiana Singh
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-12-Leila-Chatti-eun4c5
13. Tina Cane - Some Kinds of Fire
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-01---Tina-Cane--Anna-Akhmatova-euriuc
14. Richard Blanco - La Florida Room
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-14---Richard-Blanco-eutlfj
15. Michael Hamburger - Grape and Nut Letter - article by Nelson Howard Miller
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-15-Michael-Hamburger-euv861
16. Ted Kooser - In the Basement of the Goodwill Store
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-16---Ted-Kooser-ev0jd3
17. Keorapetse William Kgositsile - Anguish Longer Than Sorrow
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-17-Keorapetse-William-Kgositsile-ev40s
18. Melissa Balmain - Love Poem
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-18-Melissa-Balmain-ev653a
19. Kazim Ali - The Voice of Sheila Chandra - article by Kashiana Singh
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-19-The-gleaming-work-of-Kazim-Ali---The-Voice-of-Sheila-Chandra-ev7kld
20. Nora Dauenhauer - Amelia’s FIrst Ski Run
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-20-Nora-Marks-Dauenhauer-ev8fum
21. Vona Groarke - Still Life in Marble
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-21-Vona-Groarke-evaoi4
22. Kashiana Sharma (f) - The View from Above
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-22-Kashiana-Sharma-fictional-evek5o
23. Fred Marchant - This is What the Mind Does
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-23-Fred-Marchant-evism2
24. Michael Torres - Because My Brother Knows Why They Call Them “County Blues,” but Won’t Tell Me Why
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-24-Michael-Torres-evlgs6
25. Khaled Mattawa - Bedtime Reading for the Unborn Child
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-25-Khaled-Mattawa-evn34c
26. Rita Dove - Dusting
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-26---Rita-Dove-evpoaa
27. Rainer Maria Rilke - Go to the limits of your longing - article by Kashiana Singh
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/20201-NPM-27---JoJo-Rabbit-and-Rainer-Maria-Rilke-e100ihe
28. Naomi Shihab Nye - You are Your Own State Department
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-28-Naomi-Shihab-Nye-e104bk7
29. Yonatan Berg - Unity
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-29-Yonatan-Berg-e106cpl
30. Jane Hirshfield - Three Foxes by the Edge of the Field at Twilight
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-30-Jane-Hirshfield-e106jed
The full text of all articles is available at The Other Pages mirrors
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theotherpages · 10 days ago
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2021 Podcasts, Part 2
A reminder that all of the articles from this year’s poetry series are available as a podcast. Search on “Steve Spanoudis” to find all the episodes on iTunes, Anchor, Breaker, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic and PocketCast. If you like the articles, please share.
Here are direct links to individual episodes on Anchor.fm:
12. Laila Chatti - Deluge - article by Kashiana Singh
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-12-Leila-Chatti-eun4c5
13. Tina Cane - Some Kinds of Fire
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-01---Tina-Cane--Anna-Akhmatova-euriuc
14. Richard Blanco - La Florida Room
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-14---Richard-Blanco-eutlfj
15. Michael Hamburger - Grape and Nut Letter - article by Nelson Howard Miller
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-15-Michael-Hamburger-euv861
16. Ted Kooser - In the Basement of the Goodwill Store
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-16---Ted-Kooser-ev0jd3
17. Keorapetse William Kgositsile - Anguish Longer Than Sorrow
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-17-Keorapetse-William-Kgositsile-ev40s
18. Melissa Balmain - Love Poem
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-18-Melissa-Balmain-ev653a
19. Kazim Ali - The Voice of Sheila Chandra - article by Kashiana Singh
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-19-The-gleaming-work-of-Kazim-Ali---The-Voice-of-Sheila-Chandra-ev7kld
20. Nora Dauenhauer - Amelia’s FIrst Ski Run
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-20-Nora-Marks-Dauenhauer-ev8fum
21. Vona Groarke - Still Life in Marble
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-21-Vona-Groarke-evaoi4
The full text of all articles is available at The Other Pages mirrors
on Facebook: https://facebook.com/theotherpages
And Tumblr: https://theotherpages.tumblr.com
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balkaransidhu · 10 days ago
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Z for Zeno #NaPoWriMo2021
Z for Zeno #NaPoWriMo2021
Zeno is a recently invented form created by J. Patrick Lewis, and is inspired by the mathematical “hailstone sequence”. It is a 10-line verse form with a varying syllable count of 8,4,2,1,4,2,1,4,2,1. The rhyme scheme followed here is xxxaxxaxxa, x being unrhymed lines. So, only Line 4, Line 7 and Line 10 (the one syllable lines) rhyme. When I discovered this form I was wondering why it was…
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authordenisefyffe · 11 days ago
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Jamaican Poetry: My Jamaican Heritage
My #Jamaican Heritage my first of 50 #Jamaicanpoems is now published; check it out.
By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2012, Poetess defy, Denise N. Fyffe My Jamaican heritage Is more than just where I was born It is more than the color of my skin It is more than the language I speak; My Jamaican heritage is the combination of everything; My Jamaican heritage is the struggles I face My Jamaican heritage is the enjoyment of a Jamaican sunrise and sunset at the end of the day My…
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authordenisefyffe · 12 days ago
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Jamaican Poetry: Jamaica, Our Country
#Jamaican #Poetry: #Jamaica, Our #Country now released on the #Island Journal @Jamaica50_ @versedailypoems @JamaicansUnite
Tavern Kintyre, St. Andrew By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2012, Poetess Defy, Denise N. Fyffe How is it that our country, Jamaica stands On the left, but not on the right hand? How is it that our country moves, Through treacherous reefs, sailing through and through? How is it that our country breathes, These toxic fumes of crime and urban jealousy? How is it that our country survives, As more…
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theotherpages · 12 days ago
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2021 Podcasts, Part 1
A reminder that all of the articles from this year’s poetry series are available as a podcast. Search on “Steve Spanoudis” to find all the episodes on iTunes, Anchor, Breaker, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic and PocketCast. If you like the articles, please share.
Here are direct links to individual episodes on Anchor.fm:
1. Denise Levertov - The Room
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-01---Denise-Levertov-etm13r
2. Molly Peacock - The Flaw
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-02---Molly-Peacock-ettvmq
3. Terence Degnan - the yes no
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-03-Terence-Degnan-eu2bvk
4. Vassar Miller - Without Ceremony - article by Nelson Howard Miller
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-03-Vassar-Miller-eu49ut
5. Ladan Osman - The Key
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-05-Ladan-Osman-eu5vmv
6. Pat Mora - Currandera
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-06-Pat-Mora-eu65og
7. Maria Nazos - Waitress in a Small Town Seaside Tavern
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-07-Maria-Nazos-eubgl1
8. Hayden Carruth - The Ravine - article by Nelson Howard Miller
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-08-Hayden-Carruth-eublto
9. Eaven Borland - Becoming Anne Bradstreet
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-09-Eavan-Borland-eucpuc
10. Tishani Doshi - The Day We Went to the Sea
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-10-Tishani-Doshi-eul1fc
11. Yolanda Wisher - sonnet w/ cooking lexicon
https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-11-Yolanda-Wisher-eun0hl
The full text of all articles is available at The Other Pages mirrors
on Facebook: https://facebook.com/theotherpages
And Tumblr: https://theotherpages.tumblr.com
(scroll down for content on either page)
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theotherpages · 12 days ago
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2021 NPM Number 28 - Naomi Shihab Nye - You Are Your Own State Department
You can listen to the podcast version of this series on Spotify, ITunes, Anchor, (https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis) Look for the podcast titled National Poetry Month at the Other Pages.
Here is the direct link to the audio for this podcast: https://anchor.fm/steve-spanoudis/episodes/2021-NPM-28-Naomi-Shihab-Nye-e104bk7
Welcome to National Poetry Month at The Other Pages. My name is Steve Spanoudis and I curate the series each year with help and contributions from Kashiana Singh and (Nelson) Howard Miller. I’m coming to you from Coral Springs, Florida, on the eastern edge of the Everglades.
Technically, National Poetry Month is over, but we didn’t quite get to thirty, so I thought I would squeeze a few more in.
Today’s poem, You Are Your Own State Department, was written by Naomi Shihab Nye, a woman who is, in many respects, much like her poem.
A common process in poetry is to describe something by talking about its pieces to give you a better picture of the whole. This poem is a first-person viewpoint, commentaries from her wanderings in life, and why she tries always (as we all should) to improve the things that we see wrong in the world. Even if it is only little things. That mirrors the idea of a thing being made of its smaller parts. And this too is a common process - that the form of a poem is chosen sometimes to mirror the thought process or the subject.
First, just a few comments about the poet. Born in 1952 in Saint Louis, Missouri, to Palestinian and Swiss/German parents, she has written poetry, novels, essays, and songs, authoring or contributing to thirty books, and editing several collections. She recently served as the Young People’s Poet Laureate for the Poetry Foundation. She is known for finding novel but clear perspectives on people, things, places, and circumstances. You will hear those things very clearly in today’s poem. It starts out:
Each day I miss Japanese precision. Trying to arrange things
the way they would. I miss the call to prayer
at Sharjah, the large collective pause. Or
the shy strawberry vendor with rickety wooden cart,
single small lightbulb pointed at a mound of berries.
In one of China’s great cities, before dawn.
Nye has commented that her poetry comes from a combination of: “local life, random characters met on the streets, [and] our own ancestry sifting down to us through small essential daily tasks.” The poem continues,
Forever I miss my Arab father’s way with mint leaves
floating in a cup of sugared tea—his delicate hands
arranging rinsed figs on a plate. What have we here?
said the wolf in the children’s story
stumbling upon people doing kind, small things.
Is this small monster one of us?
And she talks about those people - sometimes people who are displaced or themselves living under fear or hatred of one kind or another, and those small things they contribute:
When your country does not feel cozy, what do you do?
Teresa walks more now, to feel closer to her
ground. If destination within two miles, she must
hike or take the bus. Carries apples,
extra bottles of chilled water to give away.
Kim makes one positive move a day for someone else.
She ends describing a conversation with her father, and her thoughts afterward,
We talked for two hours via Google Chat,
they did not complain once. Discussing stories,
books, families, a character who does
what you might do.
Meanwhile secret diplomats are what we must be,
as a girl in Qatar once assured me,
each day slipping its blank visa into our hands.
After reading it, I walk away with all of the points Nye mentions above, and the rhetorical question: if we have the opportunity to make “one positive move a day,” shouldn’t we use it?
I hereby draft you all to be “secret diplomats.”
The full text of this poem is online at the Poetry Foundation (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/149741/you-are-your-own-state-department) along with a much more extensive biography, and additional poems to read.
Thank you for Listening. If you’re enjoying these commentaries, and the poem selections, please share them - either the text versions or the podcasts - on social media.
Once again this is Steve Spanoudis at theotherpages.org. You can find more there, at The Other Pages on Facebook or Tumblr.
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numberonesapphofan · 12 days ago
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Now I attempt to capture love in verse
As lovestruck, foolish poets often do
So I shall try for better or for worse
To display my adoration of you
Your eyes of light shine in passionate joy
As we read Dickinson’s letters to Sue
Oh love, your smile with my heart does toy
And there is no one I love more than you
How can I even begin to display
All of the reasons that you keep my heart
When I can barely find the words to say
That I never want us to be apart?
My dear, let my song of love strike you true
As I prepare to fall in love anew
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authordenisefyffe · 13 days ago
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Jamaican Poetry: Jamaican Parent and Child
Jamaican #Poetry: Jamaican #Parent and Child is now published on Jamaica Pen Publishers
L_Freeman-tender Me as a woman so strong and divine, Will tek care of my picknie, with love and time Me as a woman bold and free, I am ashamed, I don’t want my picknie doing manual work, Like me. Tough love I know, tough love I give; My past embarrassments I try to outlive. Toiling daily, education is the key. The key to free my children from mental slavery. Me as a child so young and frail, Your…
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writelikefools2021 · 13 days ago
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happy birthday - uncle scooter - day 30
now now now more now please less then less last year less next more now less twenty years back less ten years on from now more now more now yes more yes less no now more ease with what is now please with the loss of what was yes more observance of what is still more now it was too late when we took our turn through the curve of the wood too late not to love you i swear though i tried to you took my hand but you said not now it was a moment of now that won’t last but it’s all that i had let that go though let in now though let in now through the cracks of my hips and the slips of my thighs through the squish of my joints through the holes in my heart please more now more douching in reservoirs of my own irrelevancy with the peace and the pulse of nothing else that matters however lacking however past cure more of the only balm there is for now am i essentially intrinsically elementally ruptured agape no ago no of yore wholly intrinsic wholly extrinsic wholly extroverted introversion wholly apposite opposites accommodated withheld and withstood and conciliated it’s all yours now so take it and i’ll keep mine if i take yours you can keep mine if i am now you are then so i am now i am now and you are then
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