Marvel Marvel - poems

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Marvel Marvel

Passing by

my life,

I thought

I was a wife,

but my

partner

wet with glee,

danced me into

mediocrity.


Marvel

marvel

at the sound

of the quiet underground.

If the earth can

take another quake,

we'll walk on

shaky ground til late.

Til late the rumble

and the roar

make me fear

for soul's shore,

Where, with misplaced body be,

humming tunes of

mediocrity.

circa 1982

December


Long is the time for days passing quickly,

while winter in its sodden haze

wraps me in a somber mood.

Putting on a social body takes hours

of practice in front of a mirror

and still I can't wash or rub the

misery away.

When the public goes screaming by

with mouths tight and eyes intent

and unseeing, I feel like a

painted shadow, except when we bump

or jostle, and then in quick reflection:


I Await a Kiss


I await a kiss.

A half dry, half

moist meeting.

A firm contact

that begs for

furtherance.

circa 1982

Leonard Cohen is Off the Track


Please get back

on track

and come to

me L.

I'm not

terribly fat

or hairy,

but my

upper lip

perspires

and my

thighs are

heavy.


I believe in

disinterested devotion

and thank Kafka

for unmasking a

confidence trickster.

circa 1972

Comments 38 comments

AudreyHowitt profile image

AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Putting on a social body takes hours

of practice in front of a mirror

and still I can't wash or rub the

misery away.

Falls under the category of "I wish I had written that" Beautiful--especially the first piece--sharing this!


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Audrey, Thank you! You are too kind. btw, in case you haven't heard, The Cat Came Back!!!!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I was just going to check before taking a nap with my dog! I am so relieved for you!!!


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you Audrey. What a surprise!


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Exceptional endeavors. Thank you for the experience.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Mhatter, Thank you for the visit. I thought I was going offline, but the situation changed so looks like you will be stuck with me for awhile! Tweet you later.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

I've heard winters in Canada and actually all northern countries are quite depressing. Down here we are so fortunate to have blazing sunshine all year. Mostly short thunder and hail storms during the rain season (summer) and maybe once or twice heavy rains, lasting a week, that may cause floods. Snow we see about once in a decade.

But oh, I've forgotten about Cape Town and the southern Cape, where it rains for days without end during winter (of all seasons!)

Apart from many other instigators, not sufficient sunshine could be the cause of severe depression, compelling one to write such touching poems like these in your hub. Writing them, however, brings relief and help those who cannot write poems, to identify and acknowledge their emotions.

Snakeslane, your poems pulled some of my sad memories.

Voted up and touching.


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Hi Martie, Interesting theory on the 'northern' poets. I've heard it before. C'est la vie! Seasonal adjustment disorder (SADS) is a real phenomenon that we northerners wrestle with, and it definitely comes out in the writing. Written 30 and 40 years ago these pieces are pretty representative of me at that time, working things out on paper. I don't think I wrote very much when I was 'happy'. Too busy enjoying life. I appreciate the feedback. I know it is on the dark side.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Yes, on the dark side but true for many, including me. I love the sunshine and eighty degrees. Lovely poetry snakeslane..


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Hey Ruby, Good to see ya! Yes, there's lots more where this came from, and I've already burned quite a stack of it, lol. Thank you for the 'lovely', much appreciated.


ExoticHippieQueen 3 years ago

I can so relate to your "December". Your trilogy of brain flow is wonderful.....................thank you for sharing!


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

EHQueen, Thank you! Great that you can relate. I was really struggling as a writer at this time. I wanted to make some kind of record of these feelings, but I wasn't sure how to do that. Now, looking back, it seems rather poignant and yes, sad. Meanwhile, I immersed myself in reading poetry, hoping to glean some kind of direction, but I didn't want to copy anyone else. I was looking for my own authentic voice. Now, it seems pretty understated, and a little self indulgent. Oh well!


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Your pen does such a graceful pirouette when you slip into your poetic mode and dash across the page as if the world was your stage. The spotlight is on you with this contribution.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

marvel marvel...danced me into mediocrity

I would happily sift through your ashes. Your poetry is moving and relatable... It is your gift.


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

mckbbks, Aww, thanks. If I wasn't pirouetting before I'm definitely pirouetting now!


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you Mar, you are so sweet.


Sueswan 3 years ago

Hi Snakeslane

This fellow Canadian can so relate. It seems like everything takes forever when it is cold; like waiting for the bus and walking a few blocks seems like miles when the cold northwest winds are blowing.

It puts a chill in the body and spirit.

Voted up and awesome

Take care :)


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you Sue. Winter is not my favorite time of year. I'm counting down the days to the solstice.


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Senoritaa 3 years ago

December was my favorite! Great write!


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

“When the public goes screaming by

with mouths tight and eyes intent

and unseeing, I feel like a

painted shadow…”

This line reminded me a little of astounding word art and imagery of Sylvia Plath, although your poetry is not as dark. There is sadness here, yet imagination and moving candor as well that, as Mike wrote, “dashes across the page.” Winter can be so unkind, and quick to cut with the sun’s light almost as cold as the moon’s.

Wonderful poetry!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Amazing our correlation in kind & timing. As you've probably noticed, 1972 was my - er - year. I could have then said ". . . thank Kafka for unmasking a confidence trickster" - except that the mask had been recognized 18 years earlier; - but it was then that the full face behind it was revealed.

Wondrous poetry, m'dear - all of it.


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Senoritaa, Thank you so much!


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Hello Genna, Thank you for taking the time. Sylvia Plath was a powerful poet. I recently listened to her reading her 'Birthday' poem. It was frightening, yet incredibly moving to hear those words rolling off her tongue. I know that poetry is meant to be listened to, not just read on the page, but I've only ever written for the page, almost silently, so if you (and) Mike are seeing this movement I am really pleased. Winter is cruel. I never get used to it. ..


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Ah yes Nellieanna, who knew? So many experiences would be long forgotten if we had not bothered to pick up the pen. Whether dark or light...Thank you for reading!


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formuladeshi 3 years ago from Italy

Great write! Keep it up


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you formuladeshi from Italy!


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

I can sense pain, suffering, longing, love...and many other emotions that I cannot describe now.

A poet, a writer, a photographer, an artist!


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Hello Vinaya, Thank you, you are such a sensitive guy. The 'artist' in me finds ways to express from time to time, I wish it was more. Nice to see you wearing that 'a' badge. I hope that goes well for you. Will be looking forward to seeing your latest offerings.


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

These are wonderful poems! You emerged fully formed. More!


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you xstatic, that is reassuring!


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A.A. Zavala 3 years ago from Texas

Beautiful poetry and recitals. I like the clarity in which you recite the stanzas of your poetry. Although it was written from a place of depression, it doesn't sound listless. It exudes emotion; it has an aching quality to it. Beautiful...


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

A.A. Thank you so much. It was my first public reading ever. So kind of you to comment.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Your choice of words and imagery are incredibly moving. The line "eyes tight and unseeing" reminds me of the John Prine song "Hello in There."

You have such a gift with poetry. Hope you didn't burn too many of these treasures, friend. They are awesome.


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Good morning Peg, Thanks so much for encouraging words. I'm hanging on to the poems, still sorting out the wheat from the chaff. Finding a few nuggests as I go along. Hope you're having a good day. I tried to leave a couple of comments on your blog under my google account, hope you find them.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Hello again. Yep. Found 'em and thanks so much for the visit. Was great to see you out there and glad you found your "surprise" widget. Listening now to Leonard Cohen. So beautiful.

http://youtu.be/YrLk4vdY28Q


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Aww, love this song. KD Lang does a nice cover of Hallelujah.


Writer Fox profile image

Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

It's good to find a fellow poet in this venue.


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Writer Fox, Thank you...I appreciate the read.

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