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rm



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 1:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it takes a whole life to figure who you are
and even then you can get it wrong
though not, as you'd imagine
from some misunderstanding
it's the act of understanding itself
of making up your mind one way or the other
whichever way you go, heads or tails, that's you
but maybe it wasn't the you you imagined
ten or twenty years ago, or in ten or twenty years
maybe you'll hate yourself, or not
you might get lucky and I hope you do
so you say, this is now and that's all anything's worth
but then you'll say, what am I but yesterdays news
ten seconds ago you made a decision
and here you are, broadcasting it
you cut a shape in the world
you cast a shadow and that shadow changes
it eats up everything around you
including yourself, eventually
it would be nice, before that happens
to get something right
to make a promise to yourself and keep it
before it becomes convienent to forget
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 4:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, shit: SEVERE WEATHER ALERT.
Everybody saw it coming
and yet
that same everybody is gaping
out their windows
like nobody saw it coming,
or heard it coming,
or felt it rumbling and kicking
in their taught bellies, yelling:
I'm not ready to be someone's mother!
I'm not even ready to be
myself.
Can't seem to get started
crawling out from under the shadow
of myself, and here I am
trying to get off
Scott free!

And yet the wind is whipping, like angry willowisps
in a winter forest fire
in Hell.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

a few last days, november days
to wander the miasmic streets
groping my way to certain places
receding, half-lit monuments
oracles visible only to me
answering unvoiced questions
only to me, in a slow sigh
its intelligent modulation so subtle
it will take me years before I hear it
you can't say goodbye to stone
unless you understand it's only you
you're talking to, and that's ok
if you do understand it
it won't be long now, a few last days
to wonder nebulous thoughts
before I've got new places to be
ground more real than this ground
will ever be again
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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ground more real than this ground
will ever be again


wow. you've got leaving down cold.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2006 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it's a cold leaving.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2006 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it leaves you cold
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2006 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rot you, tom - i was just going to say that.

guess my cold is leaving me slow.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2006 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

haiku:

IT IS SO COLD HERE
SO MISERABLE AND DARK
PITTSBURGH SUCKS BIG DICK
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 3:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the trees are bare (finally) and alive, in this wind
and i hated this yard.
circumstance pushed up behind my eyes
and i'm blind.
these trees in this wind,
i wouldn't have seen if i didn't relax.

they're not gorgeous; they're trees.
and they're naked.
but they're here
and fascinate
maybe because i don't wish they weren't here, anymore --
they're mine, now.

can't buy that.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2006 5:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you ever get a song stuck
inside your head
only to find the girl
in the next cubicle over
and across the skinny hall
has been humming it under her breath,
over and over, for
the last two hours?
I think that
is what it must be like
to find out
you're adopted.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2006 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that's cute. nice thought.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2006 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never been to the places I am reminded of
at the end of days like this
with a sky like static tv
cut up by wires
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2006 1:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

all endings are possible
and beginnings too
until you actually begin

there was a time I knew everything
everything, that is, that I knew
no more or less than that
and it seems like perfection now
and I seem like I'm forgetting how
to know anything at all

what is necessary?
a few tools, books, a lamp
a room with a thousand views
my story can be the story of the world
and it will be when I discover
what is truly necessary

fields and mountains and skies
pastures, arbors, streams
slow streets, cables
gabled boxes
clocks

there is no world outside
to match the world inside
it is a life's struggle to make it so
just enough to make it through
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2006 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the blind slats, the wide planks
the long narrow room
the absense of a chair
the old box of papers, the notebooks
here is an actual state of affairs
remnants of true beliefs and true statements
that I will not tell again
the books are all unclean
the minds of us a dynamo
plugged into something unseen
the coffee-ground, the ivy-tree
the tepid sky
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