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Once Perused

One part of your library;
A single book, worn with use
But new; cracked glossy cover
Pages bent and torn
By questioning fingers, touching
Long and weighted words
With attempted intellect--
Roughly, penetrating
Page by page
Quickly obscuring the meaning
Searching for understanding
In attempted caresses
Somehow mistranslanted to awkward shoves
Forcefully teasing-- evident paradox
Searching desperately for
The happy ending
And, as always, finding nothing
Attempting to know but
In vanity missing the meaning
Reading too quickly,
Forcing you to come back for more
In your own inability--
Conquer by force
Rather than intensity.

She falls softly down from towering pedastools...

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The following comments are for "Once Perused"
by shefallssoftly


There are no happy endings, good poem about the frustrations of trying to find answers in books.


p.s, maybe we should try a fruit market

( Posted by: macbeth [Member] On: May 4, 2005 )

One of your best pieces yet
All showing. No telling. Metaphor carried through the entire piece with no blunt trauma to the head. Brilliant use of subtly sexual descriptors that don't force (pardon the reference) the issue.

Also some good internal rhyme, which, I think I've said before, I'm a sucker for.

Favorite line: "Reading too quickly."

Ain't that the truth, sister. Ain't that the truth. It gets better with time, though. Just be patient with the poor reader. Perhaps suggest a course in how to read braille.

- A

( Posted by: andyhavens [Member] On: May 14, 2005 )

Once Preused
Wow, captivating...

( Posted by: Judi1 [Member] On: July 19, 2005 )

once perused...
an open book test is fine too....cuz a closed mind is like a log of wood...macbeth...

( Posted by: Judi1 [Member] On: July 19, 2005 )

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