Monday, November 16, 2015

November 16, 215 Writers Digest November PAD Challenge/ Haunted by Thoughts of You

Haunted by Thoughts of You

would you tell me                    if i asked you                            if i asked you

would you tell me                    like siamese twins                    we have been separated

was it a miracle                        an act of god or                         surgery without anesthetic

i remember the pain                 did you feel it                            would you tell me

if i asked you                            if i asked you                            would you tell me

the ties that bind                       cut lose                                      no longer grounded

world spins out of control        to become a memory                 still a treasure to me

would it be the same for you    would you tell me                      if i asked you

if i asked you                            would you tell me                      other friends come and go

the door opens                          softly closes                               the ship leaves the dock

your unkind words echo           did you mean all that you said    would you tell me

if i asked you                             if i asked you                              would you tell me

still i wait for you                     wait for the phone to ring            to get your email

all is quiet                                 the quiet of the dead                    is it the same for you

would you tell me                     if i asked you                               if i asked you

would you tell me                  days and nights haunted                 by thoughts of you

November 16, 2015

Note: This morning I was thinking (haunted) by the poem of Gratitude Stein, A Portrait of Picasso, it has a haunting quality, she repeats the words “would you tell me/if I asked you/if I asked you/would you tell me.” I borrowed the words and repeated them as she did, to give my poem that same haunted quality.

IF I TOLD HIM

A Completed Portrait of Picasso

Gertrude Stein(Hear Stein read this poem

If I told him would he like it. Would he like it if I told him.
Would he like it would Napoleon would Napoleon would would he like it.
If Napoleon if I told him if I told him if Napoleon. Would he like it if I told him if I told him if Napoleon. Would he like it if Napoleon if
Napoleon if I told him. If I told him if Napoleon if Napoleon if I told him. If I told him would he like it would he like it if I told him.
Now.
Not now.
And now.
Now.
Exactly as as kings.
Feeling full for it.
Exactitude as kings.
So to beseech you as full as for it.
Exactly or as kings.
Shutters shut and open so do queens. Shutters shut and shutters and so shutters shut and shutters and so and so shutters and so shutters shut
and so shutters shut and shutters and so. And so shutters shut and so and also. And also and so and so and also.
Exact resemblance to exact resemblance the exact resemblance as exact as a resemblance, exactly as resembling, exactly resembling, exactly
in resemblance exactly a resemblance, exactly and resemblance. For this is so. Because.
Now actively repeat at all, now actively repeat at all, now actively repeat at all.
Have hold and hear, actively repeat at all.
I judge judge.
As a resemblance to him.
Who comes first. Napoleon the first.
Who comes too coming coming too, who goes there, as they go they share, who shares all, all is as all as as yet or as yet.
Now to date now to date. Now and now and date and the date.
Who came first Napoleon at first. Who came first Napoleon the first. Who came first, Napoleon first.
Presently.
Exactly as they do.
First exactly.
Exactly as they do too.
First exactly.
And first exactly.
Exactly as they do.
And first exactly and exactly.
And do they do.
At first exactly and first exactly and do they do.
The first exactly.
At first exactly.
First as exactly.
At first as exactly.
Presently.
As presently.
As as presently.
He he he he and he and he and and he and he and he and and as and as he and as he and he. He is and as he is, and as he is and he is, he is
and as he and he and as he is and he and he and and he and he.
Can curls rob can curls quote, quotable.
As presently.
As exactitude.
As trains.
Has trains.
Has trains.
As trains.
As trains.
Presently.
Proportions.
Presently.
As proportions as presently.
Father and farther.
Was the king or room.
Farther and whether.
Was there was there was there what was there was there what was there was there there was there.
Whether and in there.
As even say so.
One.
I land.
Two.
I land.
Three.
The land.
Three.
The land.
Two.
I land.
Two.
I land.
One.
I land.
Two.
I land.
As a so.
They cannot.
A note.
They cannot.
A float.
They cannot.
They dote.
They cannot.
They as denote.
Miracles play.
Play fairly.
Play fairly well.
A well.
As well.
As or as presently.
Let me recite what history teaches. History teaches.
 






3 comments:

  1. Yes, the repetition of those words is haunting, and very moving. I can feel "the quiet of the dead" in your poem, that door that always swung both ways, firmly closed. So hard to fathom how and why this happens. Just so sad when it does.

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  2. A nostalgic and reflective piece, like being immersed in the sea over and over again.

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