Erasures

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Erasures

I was standing in a golden glow

When the gray washed over me

Like when I was just a kid

Suspecting that something inexpressible

Had just been irretrievably lost.

 

There are those who say that the dark

Must be denied, detained, refrained;

All I know is that it knows my smell,

And finds me without sight or sound,

Comfortable in my discomfiture, it stays.

 

Sometimes not for long, just an interruption

Otherwise, brooding like a barnyard hen

It loiters in my closet, a silent nightstalker

Until I turn on the light all night

And the dawn comes fuzzy, low, and late.

 

If just one heart would listen well,

I wouldn’t have to pray so much,

Or dream of kisses in my sleep;

No one’s missed their breath but me,

And no one wants to hear they’re due.

 

I might ramble, ‘cause at times, my heart staggers

On the way to telling the last, best truth;

Testing who still wants to listen

To the wisdom of the quiet mind

Riding the slippery snicker-back of melancholy.

 

There are some jokes that just serve notice

That it isn’t really time for laughter,

Except when money somehow pays the rent

For company; and when strangers

Are often the truest love around.

 

Soon I’ll fetch a pen just for graffitti,

And shift my jesting notions

To the restroom of the church;

If God has a sense of humor

He’ll laugh on Sundays, too.

 

The Jews still suspect Jesus of some devilry,

While betting He won’t make it back;

Man of sin, O man of sin, once we see you

He’ll be back. Watch out for that golden glow

Annihilating every dark with bright retributions.

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wheelsal commented on Erasures

09-20-2010

Read this through twice. First for the depth of you inspired thinking and second to focus on your humor. Every line inspires thought-provoking either way. You are the best. Haven't heard much from you lately. Must be on your bike enjoying the weather.

HarverTomsson

09/28/2010

I've posted another, Kumbaya. And I'm often on my bike enjoying the weather.

Writer1 commented on Erasures

08-02-2010

Very inspiring! I enjoyed this poem because YOU said some things I'VE THOUGHT. Either YOU'RE in good company, or is it I? :) :) ~Sandy

HarverTomsson

11/20/2010

Sany, I'm sorry, I missed thanking you on time. Harv

anaisnais commented on Erasures

06-28-2010

Great write Harver, interesting muse stirred from it, leaving you to think even after having read it a few times, to take something away and mull further over it to me is the sign of interesting poetry... Well done, kindest thoughts, Anna-Marie.

HarverTomsson

06/28/2010

Thanks so much for your response. Harver

Artie commented on Erasures

06-26-2010

Maybe it's just me, but I got a kick out of this. Of course the mesage comes through, but so does your wit - 10 from me

HarverTomsson

06/28/2010

Thanks. But I'm a bit unnerved by the sound of God laughing. What does He know that I don't? Maybe I should clean up that grafitti before word gets out? On the other hand. . . it really seemed like a good idea at the time . . . thanks Artie. Harv

frog commented on Erasures

06-26-2010

This poem was very moving to me. I especially like the opening parts of the poem and how the feelings are expressed.

HarverTomsson

06/28/2010

Thank you for your thoughtful read. Harv

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.

Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

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