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Offlineego_eschaton
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breathe the poem
    #4055115 - 04/14/05 04:14 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

This is a poem I wrote called "The inhalation of poetry":

If I could practice
what I preach,
would I need to
preach it?

Today I write a poem
with no lies
or
exaggerations

Today I write with
my naked bones
and a grin
no flesh
no skin
no clothes
to cover me
I write with bones
because they have
nowhere to hide

Today I write
an autobiography
with no ghostwriter

Today I put myself
onto a dead tree
bleached and
leafed
without sunglasses
to protect my eyes
from the glare

Through my facade
of security
I will write with
insecurity
and then hold
a literary
staring contest
with myself
I will invite
10 of my closest
friends
and 10,000 people
I have never met before
and sit,
staring at my poem
wearing nothing
but bones
because bones
can't blush

After that I will
read my poem
to the 10,010
people present
and I want each and
every one of them
to tell me
it's lousy
and contrived
and played out
and stupid
and I should really
put some god damn
clothes on
or at least
some skin
for christ's sake

I want them all
to say that
so that afterwards
I can read my poem
to myself
and love it
just as much
and look down
at my bones
and laugh
because once I do that
I can say:

Today I write a poem
with my actions
Today I breathe air
instead of
inhibitions
Every movement
every word
every thought
is a poem
The affirmation of the poem
is the affirmation of existence


--------------------
"Don't act; you have nothing to do"
-Jiddu Krishnamurti


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OfflineJacquesCousteau
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Registered: 06/10/03
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Re: breathe the poem [Re: ego_eschaton]
    #4055784 - 04/14/05 07:11 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

If I could practice
what I preach,
would I need to
preach it?

Today I write a poem
with no lies
or
exaggerations

Today I write with
my naked bones
and a grin
no flesh
no skin
no clothes
to cover me
I write with bones
because they have
nowhere to hide

Today I write
an autobiography
with no ghostwriter

Today I put myself
onto a dead tree
bleached and
leafed
without sunglasses
to protect my eyes
from the glare

Through my facade
of security
I will write with
insecurity
and then hold
a literary
staring contest
with myself
I will invite
10 of my closest
friends
and 10,000 people
I have never met before
and sit,
staring at my poem
wearing nothing
but bones
because bones
can't blush


I like this part... beyond this point it gets a little rambly, and loose in form and rhyme. It's also uncomfortably long... my mind didn't "want" to read past about halfway. Anyway, I think that last stanza above makes a good closer... but that is just my opinion. :wink:

edit: P.S. Welcome to the shroomery.  :smile:


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