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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2006 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love Walt Whitman. He was always one of my favorites. Smile

I absolutely adore Gerard Manley Hopkins. I love the way he coins words (leafwhelmed!), and the way he uses words to create sounds and rhythms within his poems. Here is a little-known poem by him:

Quote:
Epithalamion


HARK, hearer, hear what I do; lend a thought now, make believe
We are leafwhelmed somewhere with the hood
Of some branchy bunchy bushybowered wood,
Southern dene or Lancashire clough or Devon cleave,
That leans along the loins of hills, where a candycoloured, where a gluegold-brown
Marbled river, boisterously beautiful, between
Roots and rocks is danced and dandled, all in froth and waterblowballs, down.
We are there, when we hear a shout
That the hanging honeysuck, the dogeared hazels in the cover
Makes dither, makes hover
And the riot of a rout
Of, it must be, boys from the town
Bathing: it is summer’s sovereign good.

By there comes a listless stranger: beckoned by the noise
He drops towards the river: unseen
Sees the bevy of them, how the boys
With dare and with downdolphinry and bellbright bodies huddling out,
Are earthworld, airworld, waterworld thorough hurled, all by turn and turn about.

This garland of their gambols flashes in his breast
Into such a sudden zest
Of summertime joys
That he hies to a pool neighbouring; sees it is the best
There; sweetest, freshest, shadowiest;
Fairyland; silk-beech, scrolled ash, packed sycamore, wild wychelm, hornbeam fretty overstood
By. Rafts and rafts of flake-leaves light, dealt so, painted on the air,
Hang as still as hawk or hawkmoth, as the stars or as the angels there,
Like the thing that never knew the earth, never off roots
Rose. Here he feasts: lovely all is! No more: off with—down he dings
His bleachèd both and woolwoven wear:
Careless these in coloured wisp
All lie tumbled-to; then with loop-locks
Forward falling, forehead frowning, lips crisp
Over finger-teasing task, his twiny boots
Fast he opens, last he offwrings
Till walk the world he can with bare his feet
And come where lies a coffer, burly all of blocks
Built of chancequarrièd, selfquainèd rocks
And the water warbles over into, filleted with glassy grassy quicksilvery shivès and shoots
And with heavenfallen freshness down from moorland still brims,
Dark or daylight on and on. Here he will then, here he will the fleet
Flinty kindcold element let break across his limbs
Long. Where we leave him, froliclavish while he looks about him, laughs, swims.
Enough now; since the sacred matter that I mean
I should be wronging longer leaving it to float
Upon this only gambolling and echoing-of-earth note—
What is … the delightful dene?
Wedlock. What the water? Spousal love.
. . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . .
Father, mother, brothers, sisters, friends
Into fairy trees, wild flowers, wood ferns
Rankèd round the bower

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of my favorites, and appropriate for this week:

Quote:
since feeling is first

since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;

wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world

my blood approves,
and kisses are a far better fate
than wisdom
lady i swear by all flowers. Don't cry
--the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids' flutter which says

we are for eachother: then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life's not a paragraph

And death i think is no parenthesis

- e.e. cummings
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 5:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's one of my favorite ee cummings poems. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 4:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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a smile to remember

we had goldfish and they circled around and around
in the bowl on the table near the heavy drapes
covering the picture window and
my mother, always smiling, wanting us all
to be happy, told me, "be happy Henry!"
and she was right: it's better to be happy if you
can
but my father continued to beat her and me several times a week while
raging inside his 6-foot-two frame because he couldn't
understand what was attacking him from within.

my mother, poor fish,
wanting to be happy, beaten two or three times a
week, telling me to be happy: "Henry, smile!
why don't you ever smile?"

and then she would smile, to show me how, and it was the
saddest smile I ever saw

one day the goldfish died, all five of them,
they floated on the water, on their sides, their
eyes still open,
and when my father got home he threw them to the cat
there on the kitchen floor and we watched as my mother
smiled

- Charles Bukowski

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight

In Springfield, Illinois

IT is portentious, and a thing of state
That here at midnight, in our little town
A mourning figure walks, and will not rest,
Near the old court-house, pacing up and down.

Or by his homestead, or by shadowed yards
He lingers where his children used to play,
Or through the market, on the well-worn stones
He stalks until the dawn-stars burn away.

A bronzed, lank man! His suit of ancient black,
A famous high top-hat, and plain worn shawl
Make him the quaint, great figure that men love,
The prairie-lawyer, master of us all.

He cannot sleep upon his hillside now.
He is among us:--as in times before!
And we who toss or lie awake for long
Breathe deep, and start, to see him pass the door.

His head is bowed. He thinks on men and kings.
Yea, when the sick world cries, how can he sleep?
Too many peasants fight, they know not why,
Too many homesteads in black terror weep.

The sins of all the war-lords burn his heart.
He sees the dreadnaughts scouring every main.
He carries on his shawl-wrapped shoulders now
The bitterness, the folly and the pain.

He cannot rest until a spirit-dawn
Shall come:--the shining hope of Europe free:
The league of sober folk, the Workers' Earth,
Bringing long peace to Cornland, Alp and Sea.

It breaks his heart that kings must murder still,
That all his hours of travail here for men
Seem yet in vain. And who will bring white peace
That he may sleep upon his hill again?

Vachel Lindsay
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2008 2:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
As The Sparrow

To give life you must take life,
and as our grief falls flat and hollow
upon the billion-blooded sea
I pass upon serious inward-breaking shoals rimmed
with white-legged, white-bellied rotting creatures
lengthily dead and rioting against surrounding scenes.
Dear child, I only did to you what the sparrow
did to you; I am old when it is fashionable to be
young; I cry when it is fashionable to laugh.
I hated you when it would have taken less courage
to love.

-Charles Bukowski

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

inspired by a quote from Av.

Quote:
The beauty of
not believing
a meaning
exists,

is that you don't feel
compelled
to go out and
find it.



Maybe just
living
is the meaning of
your life.


It can be


anything
you
want.



Because you decide.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In a haunting, rhythmic voice, a woman sings this song:
________________________________

"Out in the cold,
With a thin-worn fold
Of withered gold
Around her rolled,
Hangs in the air the weary moon.
She is old, old, old;
And her bones all cold,
And her tales all told,
And her things all sold,
And she has no breath to croon.

"Like a castaway clout,
She is quite shut out!
She might call and shout,
But no one about
Would ever call back - Who's there?
There is never a hut,
Not a door to shut,
Not a footpath or rut,
Long road or short cut,
Leading to anywhere.

"She is all alone,
Like a dog-picked bone,
The poor old crone!
She fain would groan,
But she can not find the breath.
She once had a fire,
But she built it no higher,
And only sat nigher
Till she saw it expire;
And now she is cold as death.

"She never will smile,
All the lonesome while.
O the mile after mile,
And never a stile!
And never a tree or a stone!
She has not a tear:
Afar and anear,
It is all so drear,
But she does not care,
Her heart is as dry as a bone.

"None to come near her!
No one to cheer her!
No one to jeer her!
No one to hear her!
Not a thing to lift and hold!
She is always awake,
But her heart will not break;
She can only quake,
Shiver and shake--
The old woman is very cold."

-- George MacDonald (I'm pretty certain.)

From his book "A Double Story." Title unknown.

If anyone likes this, I can post another lovely one by MacDonald that's more cheerful. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 1:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Quote:
do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,--I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!--and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 2:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Invitation
Oriah Mountain Dreamer


It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon...
I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
“Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like the company you keep
in the empty moments.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote




Rowing
Anne Sexton


A story, a story!
(Let it go. Let it come.)
I was stamped out like a Plymouth fender
into this world.
First came the crib
with its glacial bars.
Then dolls
and the devotion to their plactic mouths.
Then there was school,
the little straight rows of chairs,
blotting my name over and over,
but undersea all the time,
a stranger whose elbows wouldn't work.
Then there was life
with its cruel houses
and people who seldom touched-
though touch is all-
but I grew,
like a pig in a trenchcoat I grew,
and then there were many strange apparitions,
the nagging rain, the sun turning into poison
and all of that, saws working through my heart,
but I grew, I grew,
and God was there like an island I had not rowed to,
still ignorant of Him, my arms, and my legs worked,
and I grew, I grew,
I wore rubies and bought tomatoes
and now, in my middle age,
about nineteen in the head I'd say,
I am rowing, I am rowing
though the oarlocks stick and are rusty
and the sea blinks and rolls
like a worried eyebal,
but I am rowing, I am rowing,
though the wind pushes me back
and I know that that island will not be perfect,
it will have the flaws of life,
the absurdities of the dinner table,
but there will be a door
and I will open it
and I will get rid of the rat insdie me,
the gnawing pestilential rat.
God will take it with his two hands
and embrace it.

As the African says:
This is my tale which I have told,
if it be sweet, if it be not sweet,
take somewhere else and let some return to me.
This story ends with me still rowing.

Peter Gabriel & Anne Sexton - Mercy Street / All My Pretty Ones
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like "The Invitation," Infelice. Song or poem?

And wow, that last one has such a tragic air all through it! *sigh*


Propelled by the Sensational
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.
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"Gilead," by Marilynne Robinson
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great poems, everyone! I love the Anne Sexton one especially!

Just Walking Around

What name do I have for you?
Certainly there is not name for you
In the sense that the stars have names
That somehow fit them. Just walking around,

An object of curiosity to some,
But you are too preoccupied
By the secret smudge in the back of your soul
To say much and wander around,

Smiling to yourself and others.
It gets to be kind of lonely
But at the same time off-putting.
Counterproductive, as you realize once again

That the longest way is the most efficient way,
The one that looped among islands, and
You always seemed to be traveling in a circle.
And now that the end is near

The segments of the trip swing open like and orange.
There is light in there and mystery and food.
Come see it.
Come not for me but it.
But if I am still there, grant that we may see each other.

--John Ashbery
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Baby
by George MacDonald, 1824-1905

Where did you come from, baby dear?
Out of the everywhere into the here.

Where did you get those eyes so blue?
Out of the sky as I came through.

What makes the light in them sparkle and spin?
Some of the starry spikes left in.

Where did you get that little tear?
I found it waiting when I got here.

What makes your forehead so smooth and high?
A soft hand strok’d it as I went by.

What makes your cheek like a warm white rose?
I saw something better than any one knows.

Whence that three-corner’d smile of bliss?
Three angels gave me at once a kiss.

Where did you get this pearly ear?
God spoke, and it came out to hear.

Where did you get those arms and hands?
Love made itself into bonds and bands.

Feet, whence did you come, you darling things?
From the same box as the cherubs’ wings.

How did they all just come to be you?
God thought about me, and so I grew.

But how did you come to us, you dear?
God thought about you, and so I am here.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lina Heartlistener wrote:
I like "The Invitation," Infelice. Song or poem?



OOps, I saw your response a bit late Lina. The Invitation is a poem. Oriah Mountain Dreamer has other offerings equally as good. You can find some of her work here
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PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2009 4:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Life That I have by Leo Marks

The life that I have
Is all that I have
And the life that I have
Is yours

The love that I have
Of the life that I have
Is yours and yours and yours

A sleep I shall have
A rest I shall have
Yet death will be but a pause

For the peace of my years
In the long green grass
Will be yours and yours
And yours
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of my favorites:

Quote:
Mood Indigo

From the porch; from the hayrick where her prickled
brothers hid and chortled and slurped into their young pink
lungs the ash-blond dusty air that lay above the bales

like low clouds; and from the squeak and suck
of the well-pump and from the glove of rust it implied
on her hand; from the dress parade of clothes

in her mothproofed closet; from her tiny Philco
with its cracked speaker and Sunday litany
(Nick Carter, The Shadow, The Green Hornet, Sky King);

from the loosening bud of her body; from hunger,
as they say, and from reading; from the finger
she used to dial her own number; from the dark

loam of the harrowed fields and from the very sky;
it came from everywhere. Which is to say it was
always there, and that it came from nowhere.

It evaporated with the dew, and at dusk when dark
spread in the sky like water in a blotter, it spread, too,
but it came back and curdled with milk and stung

with nettles. It was in the bleat of the lamb, the way
a clapper is in a bell, and in the raucous, scratchy
gossip of the crows. It walked with her to school and lay

with her to sleep and at last she was pleased.
If she were to sew, she would prick her finger with it.
If she were to bake, it would linger in the kitchen

like an odor snarled in the deepest folds of childhood.
It became her dead pet, her lost love, the baby sister
blue and dead at birth, the chill headwaters of the river

that purled and meandered and ran and ran until
it issued into her, as into a sea, and then she was its
and it was wholly hers. She kept to her room, as we

learned to say, but now and then she'd come down
and pass through the kitchen, and the screen door
would close behind her with no more sound than

an envelope being sealed, and she'd walk for hours
in the fields like a lithe blue rain, and end up
in the barn, and one of us would go and bring her in.



(1970) William Matthews

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some member at Ahira's Hangar posted this one there, I think his name is Avatar? Maybe you know him...anyway, it's one of my all time favs:


The Cloud Percy Bysshe Shelley


I bring fresh showers for the thirsting flowers,
From the seas and the streams;
I bear light shade for the leaves when laid
In their noonday dreams.
From my wings are shaken the dews that waken
The sweet buds every one,
When rocked to rest on their mother's breast,
As she dances about the sun.
I wield the flail of the lashing hail,
And whiten the green plains under,
And then again I dissolve it in rain,
And laugh as I pass in thunder.

I sift the snow on the mountains below,
And their great pines groan aghast;
And all the night 'tis my pillow white,
While I sleep in the arms of the blast.
Sublime on the towers of my skiey bowers,
Lightning, my pilot, sits;
In a cavern under is fettered the thunder,
It struggles and howls at fits;

Over earth and ocean, with gentle motion,
This pilot is guiding me,
Lured by the love of the genii that move
In the depths of the purple sea;
Over the rills, and the crags, and the hills,
Over the lakes and the plains,
Wherever he dream, under mountain or stream,
The Spirit he loves remains;
And I all the while bask in Heaven's blue smile,
Whilst he is dissolving in rains.

The sanguine Sunrise, with his meteor eyes,
And his burning plumes outspread,
Leaps on the back of my sailing rack,
When the morning star shines dead;
As on the jag of a mountain crag,
Which an earthquake rocks and swings,
An eagle alit one moment may sit
In the light of its golden wings.
And when Sunset may breathe, from the lit sea beneath,
Its ardors of rest and of love,

And the crimson pall of eve may fall
From the depth of Heaven above,
With wings folded I rest, on mine aery nest,
As still as a brooding dove.
That orbed maiden with white fire laden,
Whom mortals call the Moon,
Glides glimmering o'er my fleece-like floor,
By the midnight breezes strewn;
And wherever the beat of her unseen feet,
Which only the angels hear,
May have broken the woof of my tent's thin roof,
The stars
peep behind her and peer;
And I laugh to see them whirl and flee,
Like a swarm of golden bees,
When I widen the rent in my wind-built tent,
Till the calm rivers, lakes, and seas,
Like strips of the sky fallen through me on high,
Are each paved with the moon and these.

I bind the Sun's throne with a burning zone,
And the Moon's with a girdle of pearl;
The volcanoes are dim, and the stars reel and swim
When the whirlwinds my banner unfurl.
From cape to cape, with a bridge-like shape,
Over a torrent sea,
Sunbeam-proof, I hang like a roof,--
The mountains its columns be.
The triumphal arch through which I march
With hurricane, fire, and snow,
When the Powers of the air are chained to my chair,
Is the million-colored bow;
The sphere-fire above its soft colors wove,
While the moist Earth was laughing below.

I am the daughter of Earth and Water,
And the nursling of the Sky;
I pass through the pores of the ocean and shores;
I change, but I cannot die.
For after the rain when with never a stain
The pavilion of Heaven is bare,
And the winds and sunbeams with their convex gleams
Build up the blue dome of air,
I silently laugh at my own cenotaph,
And out of the caverns of rain,
Like a child from the womb, like a ghost from the tomb,
I arise and unbuild it again.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

here's a piece by a friend of mine, joshua herron
one thing i never told josh about this piece,
it reminds me soooo much of wallace stevens' idea of order in key west

anyway, i love it.

weather bent fellowship

for Melissa, and Mark.

streets are streambeds this evening,
black channels and pools that
rearrange the light of little italy,
its redirected red glare shining
on the faces of forgotten kings and
the foreign wonder of dust motes

within Tosca, whose
dirges from distant ground
are the only song and dance
we’ll dress up for on the
philistine shores of this
adolescent state, and yes,
we’re well dressed,

have just walked in from under
fist sized droplets, well washed
and draining, a trail of water pointing
us toward the loaded coat rack.
shedding the wet shells, our
hung jackets are wilted pennants
well proud of their effort,
the cold work of water resistance
exchanged for an interior where

tight ranks of warm glasses wait
at arm’s length from our attendant,
the immaculate professional who
stands, uncrowned and alone,
unimpressed by the cheap lovers
that charm the boys of other bars,
somber buffoons that man the taps
in dimly lit rooms across town,
masters of ephemeral friendship,
connective pleasures that spark
and fade like soggy phosphorus.

our man at the bar is ponderous silence,
white waistcoat wrapped tight
around him, his massive trunk
the center tent pole of the big top,
as integral to the space as that,
well placed within timber walls, just
waiting for the moment when,
like Sampson, he’ll end the final act
in an explosion of antique debris.

until then the 45s still spin,
Callas singing arias to Onassis from
atop the parapet of the bar,
its own sort of gilt edge
from which to plunge
when the songs of liquid humor
have hollowed the bottles and
the night blackens and ends.

above all this, above the dripping lights
running down broadway, above the deep
clouds even, the sunset shines on jets,
the swiss movement of modernity,
whose regular uplift and descent
resonate with well timed roaring,
wedding band reflections between
the stacked cloudbanks,
fuselage carat diamonds
accompanied by clusters of
hungry engines, a pendulous
quartet of lesser stones,
commitment’s sisters, dragging
our less devoted brethren back
to the original edge, letting them
pledge themselves to the east again,
clearing room for the new migrants

we await within Tosca, a place where
years are piled onto older years.
we three sitting in easy amity,
far below the transnational traffic,
held in place by slim billfolds,
by thick, well poured drinks,
and by our love of everything
that survives until wrinkled in a
city built by the fickle affection
of countless summer flings.
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i've had this with actors before, on the set, where they get upset about the [size of my] trailer, and i'm always like...take my trailer, cause... i'm from kentucky and that's not what we brag about.
~ george clooney, inside the actor's studio


a straight edge for legends at
the fold - searching for our
lost cities of gold. burnt tar,
gravel pits. sixteen gears switch.
Haphazard Lucy strolls by.
~ dennis r wood ~
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Twelve Roman Soldiers and an Oatmeal Cookie"-Richard Brautigan
---------While they talked-----------
the seven-year-old girl listened quietly
and her eyes were like mice hiding
in the hay. The twelve Roman soldiers
stared at her naked body. Each one of them
had a long silver spear and it shone brightly
in the moonlight. The Roman soldiers stood
in a circle around the girl with their spears
pointed towards her. Then one of them stabbed
his silver spear in the ground and he came
slowly to the girl and he touched her with all
his body. Then the other soldiers came and
the girl did not cry. Afterwards as she walked
home she could hear a nightingale singing but
she did not know where. It seemed all around her.
When she got home her mother kissed her on the
cheek and gave her an oatmeal cookie from a
blue jar and while the girl ate the cookie
her mother told how strange and beautiful
the world was.
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