Max Reif

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A Few Rooms - Poem by Max Reif

The room where a young boy
beheld toy soldiers' bedspread battles,
great legions clashing in still air —

Where later Mother surprised him as he dressed,
her yellow eyes as sharp as hawks'.

A few years later,
a room with a love-seat,
a shy, first kiss.

Passion's frenzied grasping
on a bed that filled a tiny room
a few years after that—

then, an upstate New York
farmhouse bedroom —
pounding on the floor to try
to make the LSD turn off.

After a lost year, a room
into which God flooded,
a pinkish Ocean,
washing all my memories clean.

Comments about A Few Rooms by Max Reif

  • (2/16/2006 7:35:00 AM)

    Dear Max this is great, I know that we often compare thoughts and feelings on P.H. I think it's how we grow, drawing on each others skill to feed our own, sort of like a flower
    that feeds itself.This Poem Max, is a bit like one I did the other day called 'To Market Don't Stall', i'm not sure how i've done.I tried to imagine a possibillity where one day people could see our every feeling as if it were to be laid out on a table, but not to be judged just to be observed.What do you think of concept please? Love Duncan

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  • (10/29/2005 4:42:00 PM)

    A small room can have so many timelines attached to's like how I compare hotel rooms that I stay at....and stuff like that...Thanks for sharing Max! ! (Report)Reply

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  • (10/2/2005 6:00:00 PM)

    thats a really good poem, i like it alot (Report)Reply

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  • (8/18/2005 8:14:00 AM)

    'a pinkish Ocean,
    washing all my memories clean'

    I love these words^_^

    The rooms accompanying the growth of a person can be so beautiful.

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  • (8/1/2005 6:17:00 PM)

    this poem is beautiful. reminds me a little bit of ' this room and everything in it ' by Li-Young Lee..if you've never read it, I think you'd enjoy can find it here on PH.
    Anyway, I'm happy to have discovered your work..

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  • (8/1/2005 12:25:00 PM)

    Max, I had a few moments while the little people were busy so I thought I'd read a few of yours. This is a great poem. My only suggestion...and it's a tiny one and who says I'm right, right? Is to leave out the numbers. I think it would flow better without them. But I love it. I could see it and be inside of it. Not something that happens often. Very good writing. :) (Report)Reply

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  • (7/16/2005 11:40:00 AM)

    This is going to be wonderful, reading your poems. I know I am in for a feast...

    Loved this poem, especially the last stanza. 'Pinkish ocean' - so lovely. Beautiful poem.

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  • (7/15/2005 9:16:00 AM)

    I love the whole idea of this poem. Makes me want to write something about the rooms I've known, but am I brave enough. I, too, love God as a pink ocean. Pink? hmmm


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, July 5, 2005

Poem Edited: Sunday, October 2, 2005

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