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Things that stand between me and a roadkill grave:
the feverish art of dodging,
those out of the way points where my world intersects with the "real" one,
my colossal, haunting left eye,
a loving and savvily finaggling mom,
the scars that armor my memory,
a vampirish connoisseurship of life,
a reliable white Taurus with a leopard steering wheel cover,
an illustrated history of China, especially the sections about their literati,
a respectable talent for lying,
and an inkling of the fierce balance of the cosmos.

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The following comments are for "Meditations Down a Shot-gun Barrel"
by seanspacey

Sean - good write
I think the longer I live, the more certain I am that more people than not have at least one moment like this. I've never seen it put this way - focusing on what keeps you from it - and how obscure some of things seem.

Thank you for posting.

I am of course, hoping you have not written this lately from experience. I know you are trying to make some very admirable changes in your life.

If you have had a set-back - remember one thing, the only thing you have to do is brush off and try again. Don't waste too much time feeling defeated. It serves little purpose, save perhaps writing a few heart-felt poems.

I've seen your work - you have a powerful mind and strong will. You have every reason to overcome.

If you are still doing great - good job and keep up the good work... and it IS work, is it not?

Greener pastures lay ahead.


( Posted by: feliciastone [Member] On: February 24, 2005 )

Thanks for your kind words and your appreciation of my poem. I haven't cracked yet as far as using any substance. I went through a really rough few days but things have really turned up again. While I can't say suicide hasn't occured to me lately, the poem is more about looming death in general. My life has been precarious for a long time but, like you, I believe there are greener pastures ahead.

( Posted by: seanspacey [Member] On: February 24, 2005 )

Revenge of the "roadkill"?
Re-reading the first two lines of this delicious rant, I mentally flashed on an image of the squirrel who momentarily plays "chicken" with your car, psyching you out by faking to the left, then the right, before scampering safely off into the underbrush while YOU swerve into oncoming traffic. A savvy squirrel will always live to a ripe old age! You must've learned it from Mom.

Love many of these phrases/images: "vampirish connoisseurship of life," the leopard steering wheel cover, "fierce balance." And I suppose all writers need "a respectable talent for lying," don't they now?

I don't get the "4." Oh, well! When somebody rates and runs, who knows what they were thinking? More importantly, who cares? Rant on, bro! Ranting is an essential survival skill!

( Posted by: LinnieRed [Member] On: February 26, 2005 )

Seans Meditations
THis is a lot better than a rant. It is poetic at its heart.I just thought you should know.


( Posted by: williamhill [Member] On: February 26, 2005 )

artful Dodger in Ford Taurus
I don't always comment but I read most of your posts with interest. You appear to have a ghost detractor carved in soapstone.

( Posted by: drsoos [Member] On: March 2, 2005 )

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