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Collect On

Updated on March 24, 2018

Collect On

by Laura Summerville Reed


We pay such a high price

To die in so many tiny ways

When it’s so cheap

To be gone in a big one


We pay spin doctors

To name the stars after us

When NASA doesn’t even own the heavens

We are mortal fools


Does that exacted pound of flesh

Weigh heavy in your hand

Is it smooth against your fingertips

Pretty to your eyes

Can you wear it with your gold

Polish it with your silver

Wrap it with you in your bed at night

Spend it well

Mortal fool


LSR 2010

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      lalesu 7 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Dear James, I am so very glad that this was a moment of respite for you. It means so much to me that anything I write is well received, but to know that it touched your day like this is truly humbling to me, thank you. ~ Laura

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      James J Mills 7 years ago from Northern California

      I have been wrapped up myself working at getting some of my work published, and this piece really held the whole process up before me..... the pound of flesh I have exacted from myself.... the spin doctors who don't really know or care..... I needed a break and took sanctuary here. Your poetry is sublime. Thank you! JM

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      lalesu 7 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Dear EpigramMaster, It is I who needs to regain my composure! You have me blushing uncontrollable and nearly speechless...nearly, haha!

      I do hope my writing is enjoyable to read and never a chore or bore or bother. I'm not certain just how deep my intellectual edge cuts, but your kind words honor and humble me...and make my smile broader still!

      It is such a pleasure when you stop by my pages. The tone for my day is set and nothing will vanquish this smile now! Thank you! ~ Laura

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      epigramman 7 years ago

      ..okay okay who am I kidding - I gotta talk about the 'smile' again - but this time it's my smile - and it's everytime I have the honor and privilege to read your writing which is deep, mysterious and profound - with a decidely intellectual edge to it. You constantly challenge your readers with a language all of your own - and that is always a very unique gift to possess!

      See - I did it - but now - about your smile ........

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      epigramman 7 years ago

      .......I'm not gonna mention your fabulous life affirming sun is jealous smile this time or I will get distracted and forget what I'm here for and write 2 or 3 paragraphs just on that hallowed subject which I'm quite sure is the centre of the universe any way - so what I WILL DO is regain my composure and retain my dignity and talk about this particular piece of writing ........

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      lalesu 7 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Thank you, Mr Micky! I hope the joke is only on the fools, but God bless the fools, too! ~ Laura

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Beautiful lalesu! I went ahead and jumped on all your buttons because this can be funny - the jpokle is on the fools. God bless!

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      lalesu 7 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Oh! Sam! I've missed you! so very much!! I'm so glad you're back, and thank you for this lovely comment.

      There are a few others that you've missed in your protracted absence...when you get a chance...no need to rush, they'll be here, lol. ~ Laura

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      samboiam 7 years ago from Texas

      We pay spin doctors

      To name the stars after us

      When NASA doesn’t even own the heavens

      We are mortal fools

      I lovr that. It is amazing the things we count as important. - Sam

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      lalesu 7 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      AP...not on deaf ears, but on a humbled heart heart. Thank you for this. ~ Laura

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      David Walston 7 years ago from The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) (m-M)_0 = 18.41, or 48 kpc (~157,000

      I feel as if my comment may fall short.

      But not on deaf ears That I know for sure.

      Since the first time I read your poetry

      Ive been captivated and thrilled In reading forward.

      You have so much talent, Thank you for sharing It

      With this world that does not deserve it.

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      lalesu 7 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Augustine, thank you so much. I'm glad you like it.

      Wayne Brown, thank you - and just sell it here on HP...go to Stan Fletcher's page and read up on "How I Make MegaBuck$ on the Web", lol.

      ~ Laura

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      You know you are talking about the same people who bought swampland in Florida and lots in the Arizona desert without plumbing or roads. I suspect the government will soon be taxing those who have names assigned to stars in the heavens. There is only one sure fire way to protect a fool from himself and that is to assign an armed guard to him or her 24 hours a day with very specific instructions that read: "If it looks like they might do something stupid, shoot 'em!" Nice thought process here...makes me want to start selling mom's chicken soup recipe out of a post office box! LOL!

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      Augustine A Zavala 7 years ago from Texas

      What fools we truly are. Beautiful...

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      lalesu 7 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Thank you, Ahorseback, glad to hear this makes a bit of sense, haha!

      Hello Harvey, I agree with you completely! because the whole of the matter is; I would certainly like to be turned into the center of it all!...at least in theory, lol. Thank you, kind sir, for your insightful comment.

      Cupid, thank you so very much. I'm very pleased that you liked it.

      ~ Laura

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      cupid51 7 years ago from INDIA

      Fantastic piece of poem! So thought provocative! I just love it!

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      Harvey Stelman 7 years ago from Illinois

      Hey sweetie, We are not what we think we are, but I formulated a theory in Psych 101. We are all the center of the universe! Everything we have learned came to each of us. If we don't know it, it does not exist in our universe. When you die, your universe no longer exists. Yet every other universe goes on. H

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      ahorseback 7 years ago

      This too is nice , interesting , I think of this stuff often.

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      lalesu 7 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Flesh - It's everywhere you want to be, haha! Thank you for stopping to see me, Charlie...and yes, isn't the picture great? It's from a tarot deck. ~ Laura

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      Yes. I too have pondered these atrocities. Love that painting btw. Charlie

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