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  This year's guest authors are
Anna Badkhen, Joan DeJean, and Ken Kalfus!

POEM of the DAY

Friday, November 21

 

TAKE MY BREATH AWAY


WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU REALLY FELT LIKE A WOMAN WHEN

A MAN LOOKED INTO YOUR EYES AND YOUR KNEES TREMBLED

I MISS HAVING THAT KIND O F CONNECTION IN MY LIFE THAT

KIND OF CONTROL AND I BET YOU DO TOO. IF YOU ARE A WOMAN

STRONG CONFIDENT SEXY WHO LOOKS GREAT IN HEELS AND A

DRESS AS YOU DO IN A PAIR OF SWEATS AND A T-SHIRT THEN WE

SHOULD GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER BETTER. I AM A SUCCESSFUL

HOTEL CONSULTANT AND A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS OWNER AS

WELL. HOWEVER SOMETHING HAPPENED TO ME RECENTLY THAT

HAS DRAMATICALLY CHANGED MY LIFE. I HAVE REALIZED THAT

LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO NOT ENJOY AND LIFE IS MORE ENJOYABLE

WITH SOMEONE SPECIAL. I ENJOY TRAVEL AND THE FUN OF

EXPLORING NEW CITIES, BUT AS A RESIDENT OF THE HAMPTON'S

I KNOW THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME. THIS PLACE HAS GOT IT

ALL AND SHARING IT WITH AN INTELLIGENT AND SEXY WOMAN

WOULD MAKE IT JUST THAT MUCH MORE ENJOYABLE. WHETHER

HOPPING ON A JET SKI OR JUMPING OUT OF A PLANE EXPERIENCING

LIFE IS WHAT I AM ALL ABOUT. NERVOUS ABOUT JUMPING OUT OF

A PLANE WITH ME? THAT'S OKAY THERE ARE PLENTY OF OTHER

THINGS WE CAN DO TOGETHER TO HAVE FUN. BEING ACTIVE

IS IMPORTANT TO ME AND THAT MEANS EVERYTHING FROM

PLAYING SOFTBALL WITH FRIENDS TO RUNNING THROUGH A

CROWD TO CATCH THE OPENING ACT OF THE LATEST BROADWAY

PERFORMANCE. A QUIET DINNER ON THE WATER SOUNDS

GOOD TO ME OR A MORE ECLECTIC CELEBRITY HOT SPOT IN THE

HAMPTON'S. PERHAPS I COULD ALSO TRY TO IMPRESS YOU WITH

MY OWN FAMOUS SHRIMP SCAMPI FOLLOWED BY A GREAT MOVIE

AND WALK ALONG THE SHORE. SO WOULD YOU BE JUST AS HAPPY

SWIMMING OFF MY PRIVATE BEACH AS YOU WOULD BE TAKING A

LIMO RIDE TO A SHOW AND DINNER IN NEW YORK CITY? IF YOU

LOVE GETTING SPOILED BY YOUR MAN AND SHOWERING HIM

WITH AFFECTION IN APPRECIATION THEN WE HAVE SOMETHING

IN COMMON. REMEMBER LIFE IS NOT ABOUT THE BREATHS YOU

TAKE IT IS ABOUT THE MOMENTS THAT TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY!



RE:


You know I'm your filthy little princess

I don't want to feel better

I deserve to feel badly

t o suffer out of responsibility

not self hatred

requited pain and its precarious blows.


LOOK HOW LONG AND BLONDE MY HAIR IS

WATCH ME FEEL ITS TEXTURE


But still the battered whack of how

to not let fascist life grind you down.

To not become enslaved by your freedom

the greedy need to betray everything

just for the thrill of disrespect

consecrating reserve.

To get high on your own self-hating sneer.


Be a hate sack gorging on an Oscar Meyer stain.

I saw your residue and I knew

you could not protect me

from my smirk barbing ways.

I need to get bludgeoned. To see my spit trails sway.


Wanting to have a clarity that represents

not merely a reality, but the moment of its feeling.

Doing so while not trying to wrangle it so hard

that you get torn up in its loss.


If you grab my face hard enough and pull

you just might see your vanity.


 

-Cassandra Troyan

 

from Kill Manual (2014)

 

 

 

 

find it on our 'NEW POETRY' shelf, just inside the door 

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