stan pelfrey

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318 ~ The Roaring Mind - Poem by stan pelfrey

Here I am waiting
Love never boosts
legs to kick my beliefs
into it’s shadows
only looking in the common
Change must come
Who is she? Where is she?
the fish in my sea
promise of happiness
Flaccid bits of courage
I need you to gather
search for her
beyond my realm

Parade! Parade! Walking-
a beehive street
I catch a shadow
my lids lock then open
the caster is shown
she hurries away
comfortable as a caterpillar
Screaming to her in my mind-
Oh! which name is hers?
“Hi! my name is ____,
would you like to ____? ”
Mind talk
Never said!

Think of it, me
taking this shadow,
A color-dry face,
stormy-night hair stranger,
I only know by sight,
into my realm
showing her my commons
sitting knee to knee
moving my lips, until
they touch hers
We fall back and-
Never happens

Concentrate! Concentrate! Reading—
a quickly, twisting plot
peripheralize an image
my lids looking upward
reveal her shadow
across the library
She glances me
book back in view
lost my sentence
exchanging looks
A tangled, brown-topped bookmark
makes me read
seven times the word

I’m half-sick of shadows,
being the one in the corner
listening to others laugh,
that laugh of romantic glee
Half-sick of playing
eye-games with a stranger
That does it, my mind is set
“Beware, Beware! fair shadow
at next we meet,
I will strip before you
asking you to-
Well, I don’t know yet,
but beware,
for next passing
We speak! ”

Ready! Ready! Leaving-
out the swinging door
the Shadow’s coming in
my lids loosely excited
she’s on the final step
anticipate her passing
She smiles from a distance
confidence, build it now
speak, damn it, speak
she’s within two feet
My stupid face smiling
as she passed,
not a word
until after,
a whispering-
“damn it! ”

Comments about 318 ~ The Roaring Mind by stan pelfrey

  • (5/12/2006 3:07:00 PM)

    The tyranny of the roaring mind. Very acutely observed. I liked this a lot. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, May 12, 2006

Poem Edited: Tuesday, September 11, 2007

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