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    First Poem For You
    -Kim Addonizio


    I like to touch your tattoos in complete
    darkness, when I can’t see them. I’m sure of
    where they are, know by heart the neat
    lines of lightning pulsing just above
    your nipple, can find, as if by instinct, the blue
    swirls of water on your shoulder where a serpent
    twists, facing a dragon. When I pull you

    to me, taking you until we’re spent and quiet
    on the sheets, I love to kiss
    the pictures in your skin. They’ll last until
    you’re seared to ashes; whatever persists
    or turns to pain between us, they will still
    be there. Such permanence is terrifying.
    So I touch them in the dark; trying...

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    "An upsidedown wire heart
    Being sucked into a periscope
    Still the mind is dull
    Like you need another excuse"


    … a theory is primarily a form of insight, i.e. a way of looking
    at the world, and not a form of knowledge of how the world is….
    .. all our different ways of thinking are to be considered as
    different ways of looking at the one reality, each with some
    domain in which it is clear and adequate….
    - David Bohm
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    Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy

    Not a red rose or a satin heart.
    I give you an onion.
    It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
    It promises light like the careful undressing of love.
    Here.
    It will blind you with tears like a lover.
    It will make your reflection a wobbling photo of grief.
    I am trying to be truthful.
    Not a cute card or a kissogram.
    I give you an onion.
    Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips,
    possessive and faithful as we are,
    for as long as we are.
    Take it.
    Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding-ring,
    if you like.
    Lethal.
    Its scent will cling to your fingers, cling to your knife.

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    Rain by Don Patterson

    I love all films that start with rain:
    rain, braiding a windowpane
    or darkening a hung-out dress
    or streaming down her upturned face;

    one long thundering downpour
    right through the empty script and score
    before the act, before the blame,
    before the lens pulls through the frame

    to where the woman sits alone
    beside a silent telephone
    or the dress lies ruined on the grass
    or the girl walks off the overpass,

    and all things flow out from that source
    along their fatal watercourse.
    However bad or overlong
    such a film can do no wrong,

    so when his native twang shows through
    or when the boom dips into view
    or when her speech starts to betray
    its adaptation from the play,

    I think to when we opened cold
    on a rain-dark gutter, running gold
    with the neon of a drugstore sign,
    and I’d read into its blazing line:

    forget the ink, the milk, the blood—
    all was washed clean with the flood
    we rose up from the falling waters
    the fallen rain’s own sons and daughters

    and none of this, none of this matters.

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    Ok, this is a quote not a poem, but I can't find the quote thread for the life of me.

    "Now, nothing should be able to harm a man except himself. Nothing should be able to rob a man at all. What a man really has, is what is in him. What is outside of him should be a matter of no importance."
    You hem me in -- behind and before;
    you have laid your hand upon me.
    Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.


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    someone else may have posted it and it's not a poem, but still:

    "I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not fuck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was hurricane."

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    Psychoneurotics Manifesto 1972 brochure

    Be greeted, psychoneuroics!

    For you see sensitivity in the insensitivity of the world, uncertainty among the world’s certainties.

    For you often feel others as you feel yourselves.

    For you feel the anxiety of the world and its bottomless narrowness and self-assurance.

    For your phobia of washing yours hands from the dirt of the world, for your fear of being locked in the world’s limiations, for your fear of the absurdity of existence.

    For your subtlety in the not telling others what you see in them.

    For your awkardness in dealing with practical things, and for your practicalness in dealing with unknown things, for your transcendental realism and lack of everyday realism, for your exclusieness and fear of losing close friends, for your creativity and ecstasy, for your maladjustments to “that which is” and adjustments to “that which ought to be” for your great but unutilized abilities.

    For the belated appreciation of the real value of your greatness which never allows the appreciation of the greatness of those who will come after you.

    For your being treated instead of treating others, for your heavenly power being forever pushed down by brutal force, for that which is prescient, unsaid, infinite in you.

    For the lonliness and strangeness of your ways.

    Be greeted.
    "The unconscious mind should be called the super-conconsious mind."

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    So can we post our own poems? Or is there another poem thread? (Or perhaps I should start one!)

    Funny your assumptions
    Silly what you conclude
    I am not a box
    In your compartmentalized world

    Funny you would give advice
    For something not in your skill
    Funny you would assume
    I would swallow your pill (hah right)

    Assuming my friendship
    Can be conveniently "shelved"
    Is setting yourself up
    For dissapointment and hell

    For my choice is long made
    When you made the choice
    To continue to hurt me
    When I asked you to hear my voice

    When I asked you to stop

    And you didn't stop

    That's when our friendship ended

    When you showed your true colors

    That you were never a friend.

    You're not my friend.
    It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. ~e.e. cummings

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    Last night you kissed me
    Hugged me tightly
    A bond everlasting
    Comforting and right
    You've loved me
    Through it all
    Put my heart
    On a pedestal
    Caring for it
    Tenderly and carefully
    I will hold your hand
    I won't let go
    I will make up for any
    Missteps
    I will energize your soul
    Until you burst
    You are deserving
    And so much more
    It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. ~e.e. cummings

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    To A Violet on All Saint's Day
    by Paul Laurence Dunbar


    Belated wanderer of the ways of spring,
    Lost in the chill of grim November rain,
    Would I could read the message that you bring
    And find in it the antidote for pain.

    Does some sad spirit out beyond the day,
    Far looking to the hours forever dead,
    Send you a tender offering to lay
    Upon the grave of us, the living dead?

    Or does some brighter spirit, unforlorn,
    Send you, my little sister of the wood,
    To say to some one on a cloudful morn,
    “Life lives through death, my brother, all is good?”

    With meditative hearts the others go
    The memory of their dead to dress anew.
    But, sister mine, bide here that I may know,
    Life grows, through death, as beautiful as you.
    and it's nice enough to
    make a man
    weep, but I don't
    weep, do
    you?

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