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Slip, Slip, Slip Away

Updated on April 1, 2015

Spring

Slip, slip into slovenly sleep

so you can dream the dream

you know lies 'waiting

so that all is dark

showers you in light

thoughts organize

clarity shouts

"what once was mud

now crystal clear"

answers appear

you were sure now only

"ghosts in your machine"

never to appear

not even in a dream


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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      "What once was mud

      now crystal clear"

      Happy Poetry Month Kim. I am excited and so happy to be writing with you this month. Jamie

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Smiles! Hope I can go the distance. Kim

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You know how much I love your poetry. Nothing has changed after reading this, Kim.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      What a beautiful read Kim!!

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      Suzette Walker suzettetaos 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      I know it's poetry month-beautiful write, Kim.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Thanks for reminding me with this beautiful poem! It is the best April Fools I ever received! Happy spring; hope you are warming up for it!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      I am loving all of the poetry so far that I've read this first day of poetry month, and your poem is no exception, beautiful and creative as always ...you and your poetry.

      April is always my favorite month to read here on HP.

      Hugs

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Bill, Audrey, Suzette, Jackie and Faith,

      Thanks for reading and leaving your kind comments.

      Please be patient with me as I make my way to your hubs.

      Blessings to all,

      Kim

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great poem to start off April poetry month Kim. I am not going to do one every day but I'm sure I'l get a few in. Voted up. Blessings

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      Max Havlick 2 years ago from Villa Park, Illinois

      I DARE NOT FORCE MYSELF

      AN AMERICAN SONNET

      . . . . . .

      I dare not force myself to writing frank and free

      response to you in penitential poetry

      lest it might make some old relentless ghosts return

      intemperate lessons you convince yourself you learn,

      transforming answers crystal clear to murky mud

      exploding all around you with impassioned flood

      to shove aside your slippery shouting sense of clarity,

      restoring fresh new darkness-showers only you can see,

      deterring your descent into the dark of dreadful dreams

      where nothing ever turns out to be real or what it seems,

      and rescue you from slip, slip, slipping into sloven sleep

      where iridescent childhood dreams retire without a peep.

      No, simple small talk may work well for some, but not for me,

      so I will simply kiss you now, and gently let you be!

      . . . . . .

      For our beloved Kim from Max Havlick

      Thursday night, April 2-3, 2015

      Midnight to 3 a.m.

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      Max Havlick 2 years ago from Villa Park, Illinois

      Two corrections with apologies:

      (a) I left out the words "fails to" before "rescue" in line 11.

      (b) The first word in line 9 should be "deciding," not "deterring." I changed my whole approach in that line but forgot to change that original first word.

      The overall intended point, in other words:

      Poetry too serious might let old ghosts return to change new clarity into a murky mud that restores private darkness-showers,

      "deciding your descent into the dark of dreadful dreams

      where nothing ever turns out to be real or what it seems,

      and fails to rescue you from slip, slip, slipping into sleep

      where iridescent childhood dreams retire without a peep."

      Best wishes,

      Imperfect Max, 4 a.m.

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      Max Havlick 2 years ago from Villa Park, Illinois

      I DARE NOT FORCE MYSELF

      AN AMERICAN SONNET

      . . . . . .

      I dare not force myself to writing frank and free

      response to you in penitential poetry

      lest it might make some old relentless ghosts return

      intemperate lessons you allowed yourself to learn,

      transforming answers now so crystal clear to murky mud

      exploding everything around you with impassioned flood

      to shove aside your slippery shouting sense of clarity,

      restoring fresh new darkness-showers only you can see,

      determining descent into the dark of dreadful dreams

      where nothing ever turns out to be real or what it seems,

      and fails to rescue you from slip, slip, slipping into sloven sleep

      where iridescent childhood dreams retire without a peep.

      No, simple small talk may work well for some, but not for me,

      so I will simply kiss you now, and gently let you be.

      . . . . . .

      For our beloved Kim from Max Havlick

      Friday night, April 2-3, 2015, corrected to 4:30 a.m.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Kim, I've run out of adjectives to describe your unique and profound words. I love you poetry. :-)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Just awesome! This will be a most exciting and poetic month.

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      Max Havlick 2 years ago from Villa Park, Illinois

      I DARE NOT AUTHORIZE MYSELF

      AN AMERICAN SONNET

      . . . . . . . . . .

      I dare not authorize myself for writing frank and free

      response to you in pleasing panegyric poetry

      lest in it some of your relentless former ghosts return

      to you intemperate lessons you have let yourself unlearn,

      exploding your new clear-cut answers back to murky mud,

      obscuring everything around you with impassioned flood

      that sweeps aside your subtle springtime words of clarity,

      reviving dismal darkness-showers only you can see,

      while driving your descent into depressingly bad dreams

      where nothing ever turns out to be real or what it seems,

      and chaotic confusion drops you further into hopeless sleep

      where iridescent childhood dreams retire without a peep.

      No, simple small talk may work well for some, but not for me,

      so I will simply kiss you now, and gently let you be.

      . . . . . . . . . .

      Response for our beloved friend Kim

      Late Friday night, April 2-3, 2015,

      final revision May 9-10, 2015

      (Please remove the earlier draft versions.)

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Really gorgeous--hope you are doing well Kim!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 24 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Kim, I'm trying to catch up with everyone but can't seem to read as many hubs as I'd like to, this is a real treat, so glad I stopped by.

      Beautiful poem, stay positive my friend. My best always.

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      Dianna Mendez 24 months ago

      It's been awhile since I've had time to get on hp and I am so glad that I caught your poetry here tonight. It is always thought provoking!

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      ocfireflies 24 months ago from North Carolina

      t12345, Jo, Audrey, Max, GRL, Genna and John,

      Please forgive my late response. Thank you all for your kind comments.

      They are much appreciated. Thank you for not forgetting me.

      Blessings Always,

      Kim

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      Shyron E Shenko 24 months ago from Texas

      Awesome Kim and voted that way

      I understand it is crystal clear

      Coming to me in dreams

      To wash away my fears

      Beautiful Kim

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      ocfireflies 24 months ago from North Carolina

      Shyron,

      Thank You! Thank you for the vote and for the kind words.

      Blessings,

      Kim

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