poet Alden Nowlan

Alden Nowlan

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A Mysterious Naked Man

A mysterious naked man has been reported
on Cranston Avenue. The police are performing
the usual ceremonies with coloured lights and sirens.
Almost everyone is outdoors and strangers are conversing
as they do during disasters when their involvement is
'What did he look like? ' the lieutenant is asking.
'I don't know, ' says the witness. 'He was naked.'
There is talk of dogs-this is no ordinary case
of indecent exposure, the man has been seen
a dozen times since the milkman spotted him and now
the sky is turning purple and voices
carry a long way and the children
have gone a little crazy as they often do at dusk
and cars are arriving
from other sections of the city.
And the mysterious naked man
is kneeling behind a garbage can or lying on his belly
in somebody's garden
or maybe even hiding in the branches of a tree,
where the wind from the harbour
whips at his naked body,
and by now he's probably done
whatever it was he wanted to do
and wishes he could go to sleep
or die
or take to the air like Superman.

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 9, 2003
Poem Edited: Friday, February 24, 2012

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (3/26/2020 8:34:00 AM)

    where the wind from the harbour
    whips at his naked body,
    and by now he's probably done
    whatever it was he wanted to do
    and wishes he could go to sleep
    or die... interesting poem. you keep the curiosity of the reader till the end. tony

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  • Eiz QarqashEiz Qarqash (4/25/2017 2:52:00 AM)

    Very unusual theme yet greatly appreciated. It confused me a little at the beginning but it just keeps interested all the way....thanks for sharing sir!

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  • * Sunprincess * (6/7/2014 9:34:00 PM)

    ...........a very unusual theme for a poem.....enjoyed...

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  • Alden Nowlan (4/23/2009 5:35:00 PM)

    Hey Miss nenita fred, I love what you wrote, I would love to have a swell time. however, we have a little problem, I unfortunatly passed away in June on 1983.

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  • Nenita24 Mbaye (5/11/2007 4:59:00 PM)

    Compliments of the day to you.
    I am Miss nenita fred I am single,23yrs.However How are you? hope you are fine and in perfect condition of health.I went through your profile and i read it and took intersest in it, if you don't mind i will like to know you much better, although i came online to look for a true and loving man that is ready for a true, honest and loving relationship and will be able to take good care of me if you are the kind of man am talking about then send me a mail now on my private email (nenita_4life77@yahoo.co.uk) included, so that i will tell you all about myself and a picture of myself.looking forward to hear from you, thanks and God bless
    miss nenita

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