Yuri's Disco

"I looked and looked but I didn't see God." ~ Yuri Gagarin
"I looked and looked but I didn't see God." ~ Yuri Gagarin

Yuri’s Disco

by Laura Summerville Reed


I’m still trying

to untangle from the impact

of propelling toward each other

over and over

at 156 miles per hour

Arms and legs

and inner thighs and the small of a back

and there’s a cloven heart still beating

in there somewhere

but it’s all a sweaty mess

and the silence clings to me like your cologne

and the sheets from a fevered sick-bed

I should have kept your dirty mind

up against a bathroom wall

I should have never let your beautiful body

anywhere near my heart

I should have closed my eyes

and not let you look right through me

Now I’m stranded on the dark side of the moon

in my summer shoes with no t-shirt on

while Yuri Gagarin discos the night away

©LSR 2010


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A.A. Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

Sweet regret.


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Haha! No regrets. Did I somehow imply that? I think it's wonderful that the Russian's were the first to make it into space and now we're giving it back to them, lol. All things are transitory.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

I can remember those times when I saw someone who I wanted to take me to the moon. Sometimes they did. Most times I forgot to bring a change of clothes. The memories were great and some of them burned at my heart for a while. But in the end, they left me there on the moon to walk home alone and that's why we are not together today. Your poem reminded me of one or two back when I was a cowboy out lookin' for a maverick or two. The memories still warm my heart and in a way, I am still glad they took me with them to the moon...even if I had to walk back alone. WB


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Wayne Brown! I'd two step across the moon with you any day...if I could two step, that is, lol!


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

Don't worry...I can't either. All the girls use to think I was gay because of that!


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

A Texan that can't two step? Not certain I believe you, but I bet you could just talk your way around a dance floor, haha!


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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

Arms and legs

and inner thighs and the small of a back

and there’s a cloven heart still beating

in there somewhere

but it’s all a sweaty mess.

That's what showers are for. :-)

Voted it up. This was really good. I am jealous. I wish I had written this poem. *wink*


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

You like it, huh? Thank you Sam ; ) They've just discovered water on the moon, but the plumbing isn't installed, yet, haha!


Spolly Joonerist 6 years ago

untangle, inner thighs, cloven heart, clings, fevered sick-bed. . .

I love the way your words taste


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Oh Bonnie! Thank you - What a lovely thing to say!


ralwus 6 years ago

Wonderful, simply wonderful and awesome. Now you know how cold and dark it is on the backside of the Moon. Nipples git hard?


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Charlie, such a cad! But you do wear that hat so well, lol! Thank you for saying it's wonderful and awesome, my dear man.


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epigramman 6 years ago

A work of poetic genius my friend!

So good and endearing to my willing eyes that I forgot to go to the bathroom!


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Haha! Thank you, you flatter, now run quickly!


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epigramman 6 years ago

Hold on - hold on - this is so good that I have to give you another rave review!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

My good man! This goes beyond flattery! I am truly humbled and honored, and thank you, again!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

I've always said you were good! By the way I'm a native Texan and I can't two-step either!


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Oh! I'm feeling SO much better by the minute! I thought I was just born with two left feet, lol.

Nellieanna, thank you! That you think this is good means so much. You know how much I value your opinion, dear lady!


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epigramman 6 years ago

I am a good man because you made me that way - and this is the third exclamation of such critical acclaim ---- you rock my world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (with your excellent writing skills)


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Now I am almost speechless, which almost never happens. I'm amazed that my writing has brought you back for a third visit and I'm so very glad you like it, thank you so very much!


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

I'll come back for a third visit too! If it's okay???


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Wayne Brown, I am quite honored and wouldn't have it any other way! Please return, again and again, kind sir.


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epigramman 6 years ago

EVERYTIME I see that title - Yuri's Disco - I am compelled to come back - and let you know how good writing can be when you get the right subject with the right choice of words - it's like magic - well like your smile!!

and my two cats whom I love - Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel!


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

I thank you so very much. With such accolades perhaps I should consider making this my signature piece, lol! I have written other things, you know, you really must check them out, as well, there's even one about my cat.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Very well done!


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Thank you, Micky, always love to have you stop by!


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Gerg 6 years ago from California

Your poems make me smile - just love your imagery:

I should have closed my eyes

and not let you look right through me

Now I’m stranded on the dark side of the moon

in my summer shoes with no t-shirt on

while Yuri Gagarin discos the night away.

Brilliant!


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

I'm truly happy that you liked it, Greg (told you I was a smarmy sucker for that silvery orb, lol.) Thank you for the compliment of "brilliant", it is much appreciated, although I believe you are too generous, kind sir.


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epigramman 6 years ago

I am back once again - and now all of my friends call me -YURI - and yes I have conquered the disco scene (just like old times) - and if they took your smile away - my battery wouldn't run anymore!


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Oh, Epigramman, you do bring a smile!


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epigramman 6 years ago

could this be poem of the century?


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

If you say it is, then let it be so! Dear Epigramman, I'm glad you like this one so much. It is my pleasure to entertain you with my musings.


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epigramman 6 years ago

..yes I come by every now and then to pay my respects to this hallowed poetic monument that you have written:

Yuri's Disco!


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Epigramman, You may stop by as often as you wish! You are always welcome here. I am so very flattered by your visits and Yuri would be, too, if he only knew the altitudes his fame has reached, haha!

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