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Situation Normal, A F U



Lately so many little things

conspire, they quench desire: no,

this fierce and drunken loneliness

cannot go on. Native fire

is no longer dependable. I watch

the way you talk, follow the way you walk

and see it all for the first time:


I know I know you

but I don’t know you


any more, I see familiar things as though

from a distance. At first you laughed

but then you stopped laughing, got angry,

and for that there is no blame. There is shame,

perhaps; it slouches around, shame is always somewhere,

and today it visits me. I can see


how words and looks become awkward. Such

a teddibly British way to go about things,

but that is how it’s done. Brief Encounters

are hesitant, tentative, writhingly difficult.

We need a wild operatic horrible war

every twenty-five years or so, so that,

at the cost of a few million innocent dead

lovers may come together.

Drown your sorrows in drink, by all means, but the real sorrows can swim

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A passionate, lyrical work filled to the brim and overflowing with longing -- it's very much to my taste. I like how the title ties in with the military/war aspect mentioned in the last part of the poem.


I wish I wrote this one. Would it be okay if I read it for the Audio Weekend topic?



Here is a link to an index of my works on this site: tonyv's Member Archive topic

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oddly written......

sorrow......mixed with a snide remark here and there....

love.....mixed with disappoinment and anger.....

wisdom...mixed with lack of understanding and pressure.....

an odd poem, indeed icon_cool.gif

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Well, I do be odd. Can't seem to avoid it, pawnshop. Go for it, Tony!!

Drown your sorrows in drink, by all means, but the real sorrows can swim

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Another remarkable example of voice, it describes and tastes the whole world making the world its own- The emotions are 'real,' the external events 'real' and what they describe, although not on the page is real- the revolving definitions of self that believes in an outside but always from the interior;-)





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  • 3 weeks later...

After Tony's explanation what means A F U icon_smile.gif all became clearer. Brendan the poem has unuasual way. I like it a lot.


Wonderful reads Tony and Badge.


Thanks for sharing Brendan.



The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth - Jean Cocteau

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