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(April 29,1961 / Lewiston, ME USA)

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The Pic You Sent

Since then you’ve ground
my sincerity like
an old smoke under your heel, scoffed

my legwork aside like a
used crutch and
stared clear past Favor to

fault, kicked me from bottom
rung to the
floor, and cringed at my

britches even as i
filled them out, even
throwing that shirt off my

back in my face when you felt sufficiently
warmed by
another, then tossing it around

the next Namedroppers support
group, all the
while filling my

passenger side so snugly, window
down, soft
hand wafting in the

wind stream (as when we
shared your
lizard kiss) . I stood

what you’re doing apart
from what you
call your doing & you, jealous of

all who ain't
you, sucking in just to
blow off, plopped my

Words like a loaded trash can on
my chest, as I lay,
waiting.

Still, when I look at
the pic you sent I see
Beauty in those eyes.

Submitted: Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Edited: Monday, March 28, 2011


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  • Scarlett Treat (10/9/2008 6:46:00 PM)

    Do we only see what we WANT to see?

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  • Ameer Mcarthur (9/13/2008 12:24:00 AM)

    The pic gives you all the view you want.Keep em coming Cretan.

  • Chris Mendros (8/19/2007 5:17:00 AM)

    i think it can speak for all manner of victim, of all manner of abuse.

  • Alison Cassidy (8/19/2007 4:27:00 AM)

    This is a great piece Chris. Love the way you break the stanzas so the reader is forced to continue each sentence without a pause. And Ivan's right about the concept of beauty apart from the mere physical. The woman who refuses to charge her abusive partner would understand... love, Allie xxxxxxxxx

  • Blue angel Florida (8/19/2007 3:55:00 AM)

    WOW...What a nice inspiration from a Picture you can take and write about! Thanks for pooring your heart out here!

  • Ivan Donn Carswell (8/15/2007 7:14:00 PM)

    Beauty is independent of physical reality - damn fine concept that! Excellent poem contrasting the two states. Rgds, Ivan

  • Cece Lamberts (8/15/2007 5:17:00 PM)

    The problem arises, Chris, when you rely on pictures to get your information about a person, and not on good old-fashioned human contact! Then, you may see beauty in those eyes on the picture, but the reality you 'live' with them maybe quite different, 'cause some people tend to show their good side on pictures...Just don't be fooled!

    Good job with this one, Chris.
    CeCe

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