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Updated on January 2, 2014


by Laura Summerville Reed


Time and Distance?

Are you sleeping?

The passive-aggressive blink

from the light emitting diode

has conspired with a laconic moon

Persistent silence

framed in my window

And from across the room

Marking minutes keeping days

Asking to be excused

Snidely suggesting

this late hour and

my reasons do not account

for the phone in one hand

and a highball glass in the other

Time is at a premium

I need company

but my Plastic Jesus isn't talking

and all his saints are sleeping


Distance is not for the fearful

I’m seeking solace

In voices I've never met

Laughter is the best medicine

Medicine is the best medicine

LSR 2011©


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      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      ahorseback - thank you so very much, your encouragement is just what I need! I will!

      Awful Poet - well, I just don't know what to say...wait, yes I do...thank you so very much!

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      Awful Poet 

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

      This Is such a fantastic piece , I adore it. Thank you~

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      8 years ago

      Wow , the images flash one after another , I like that , write on girl !

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      9 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Wayne Brown, as always your comments to my writing are as thought provoking as the circumstance that led me to muse them to paper in the first place...and they make me smile, as well! ;D

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      Wayne Brown 

      9 years ago from Texas

      Ding, Ding, Dong, Ding, Ding, Dong....This has all the characteristics of a five-hour energy drink stirred into a glass of warm milk and scotch. Could it be that we live on the upright edge of the razor blade so much that getting off is not an option even when the time comes to sleep? Maybe that's also the reason why TweetyBird said, "I thot I saw a puddycat! I did, I did see a puddcat!" Nice work, girl! WB

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Hi Truckstop Sally, you are a wise one, indeed! I'm a slow learner, and the advent of texting has only helped me put it in writing, haha!

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      Truckstop Sally 

      9 years ago

      I can really relate to your phrases:

      for the phone in one hand

      and a highball glass in the other

      It is because of one that I don't use the other . . . and I wonder if the two will flip and the time will come and things will change when I will use one for the other.

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      My dear Nellieanna, I have missed the soothing balm of the beautiful voices in this place. Thank you, dear lady for

      your kind words.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      9 years ago from TEXAS

      How you've been missed! And now - here you are, if sounding a little strained, perhaps? Let's hope there's solace in voices you've not met (here?) and the medicine available in being cherished! Hugs. Of course, your poem is well done and gets my votes!

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Victoria Lynn and jhamann, thank you so much for the lovely compliments on the piece. I'm so glad you both enjoyed it! ~ Laura

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      9 years ago from Reno NV

      What a well written poem. I enjoyed the last stanza, you closed this poem beautifully. Thank you for a great read. Jamie

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      Victoria Lynn 

      9 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Wow, beautiful. Mesmerizing, really. Voted up and all but funny. Really loved it!

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Thank you, Audrey. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. ~ Laura

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Beautifully written!!

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Thank you, my dear Augustine. Thank you.

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      Augustine A Zavala 

      9 years ago from Texas

      Beautiful poem and point noted. Laughter and fellowship should always eclipse pettiness and annoyance. Beautiful Laura...


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