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Dear Abby,

I don't know what to do.

Yesterday I looked out my window

And saw the neighbor working on his car.

He looked up at the sky

As if thinking,

And suddenly he took the form

Of a many-armed glowing blue god

With fire blazing like a frame around him.

Vines grew over the car

And bloomed in big trumpets:

I could smell their sweetness

From indoors.

Then he seemed to think

Of what he was trying to remember,

And he dwindled to his regular self

And got back to work on the car.

My questions are:

Should I tell him?

And, does this happen to everyone?



When one man has reduced a fact of the imagination to be a fact to his understanding, I foresee that all men will at length establish their lives on that basis. ---H. D. Thoreau

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The following comments are for "Dear Abby"
by Icarus

Dear Suspicious
I confess: reading advice columns is one of my guilty pleasures, so I loved this poem. I especially liked the way the sudden surreality fades back into the banal, leaving the narrator thinking, "Was it me, or....?"

Can't wait to hear Abby's response!

( Posted by: LinnieRed [Member] On: January 15, 2005 )

I could smell their sweetness
Demeter, windchime, LinneyRed, thank you. This was the first poem I'd written for a year or two, and I used to write them a lot. I think it came of reading Hafiz for hours on end.
Interesting to consider continuing the conceit as you suggest. I don't think I could write Abby's answer without getting heavy-handed, but maybe more letters by this or a similar person to other authority figures . . . Ill reach around in the air and see what I can pull out.
At any rate, thanks and I'm pleased to have struck a chord.

( Posted by: Icarus [Member] On: January 17, 2005 )

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