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Laughing@ You Laughing@ You Female, 52, United States (7/11/2014 6:51:00 PM)

Hello, my little lug nuts! Hope you're all well. Sorry, JC, about the eff word and getting censored at such an upper echelon website. I see your point and raise a big fat nothing burger.

Toodles....


Personal

By Tony Hoagland


Don’t take it personal, they said;
but I did, I took it all quite personal—


the breeze and the river and the color of the fields;
the price of grapefruit and stamps,


the wet hair of women in the rain—
And I cursed what hurt me


and I praised what gave me joy,
the most simple-minded of possible responses.


The government reminded me of my father,
with its deafness and its laws,


and the weather reminded me of my mom,
with her tropical squalls.


Enjoy it while you can, they said of Happiness
Think first, they said of Talk


Get over it, they said
at the School of Broken Hearts


but I couldn’t and I didn’t and I don’t
believe in the clean break;


I believe in the compound fracture
served with a sauce of dirty regret,


I believe in saying it all
and taking it all back


and saying it again for good measure
while the air fills up with I’m-Sorries


like wheeling birds
and the trees look seasick in the wind.


Oh life! Can you blame me
for making a scene?


You were that yellow caboose, the moon
disappearing over a ridge of cloud.


I was the dog, chained in some fool’s backyard;
barking and barking:


trying to convince everything else
to take it personal too.



Source: Poetry (July/August 2009) .

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  • Rookie - 774 Points Lamont Palmer (7/14/2014 5:19:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply
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    I think Hoagland is rated fairly, for an OK poet. -LP

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  • Rookie - 578 Points Frank Ovid (7/11/2014 8:29:00 PM) Post reply

    Nice Cassel! You rule! Tony is a favorite. Underrated. Where you been?

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