Troy Cochran

Silver Star - 4,256 Points (August 9,1962 / Toppenish, WA)

A Strange Attractive Power - Poem by Troy Cochran

It is the cocktail hour.

Too late
for sneaking up the chimney, bounding
out of the bubbly, over the alley,
over the rooftops
of the human
race.

I am not one for saying grace.
I am not one for saying much of anything.

But I will Stand My Place.

I will hammer four stout nails
into the corners of my face.
I will call everyone Bob, and shake
each hand like an ape, and nod
at everyone and everything
to keep myself awake.

I will stay calm.

I will prop an elbow on the mantle,
and stand as if I wore a pistol.
I will allot myself one glass
and sip it all night long,
and no one will be the wiser.
I will say I am a poet
when they ask.
(They always do.)
My eyes will drive home, one by one,
a volley of wooden stakes.
I will be a lone white
poodle.

I will grow smaller
as the evening wears on,
until I disappear
out on the balcony,
where stars, I hear, are strewn for the take
like shimmering diamonds on blue velvet,
and thoughts achieve a strange attractive power;
where higher noon is upside down;
and the Moon...

the Moon is a silver dollar.

Topic(s) of this poem: individualism, security, self, social behaviour, thoughts


Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem speaks to the humor and insecurity of maintaining a social mask when the honest sharing of self seems likely to be rejected.

(I believe the exterior universe is a mirror of an internal one; that I make my own reality.... Not your typical cocktail-party topic of conversation.)

Comments about A Strange Attractive Power by Troy Cochran

  • (7/12/2019 10:21:00 PM)

    Ah, finally! A person who knows how to pen. Rare indeed. < > < (Report)Reply

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  • Amir Marandi (7/12/2019 8:10:00 PM)

    Great imagery. Well thought. Just awesome. Love it. Congrats to be selected as POD and grateful sharing it with us. (Report)Reply

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  • Jenny Kalahar (7/12/2019 12:20:00 PM)

    Love it! Too cool for the room, Troy! - Jenny (Report)Reply

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  • (7/12/2019 12:02:00 PM)

    Give it up, man! Trump submits his taxes to the IRS and NY State every year! http: //www.4cashpath.com/ They review it. If there was anything illegal the IRS would have taken him down long ago! (Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar Panda (7/12/2019 10:17:00 AM)

    Amazing drop. A poet has many eyes through which he can see different aspects of life- in and out. A poem that shows the poets analytical mind. Great job.
    'My eyes will drive home, one by one,
    a volley of wooden stakes.
    I will be a lone white
    poodle.'... is touching. Congrats.
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  • Jez Brul (7/12/2019 8:17:00 AM)

    I will grow smaller
    as the evening wears on,
    until I disappear
    out on the balcony,

    A very interesting write! ! Congrats for being chosen as Poem of the Day
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  • Bharati Nayak (7/12/2019 5:38:00 AM)

    I will grow smaller
    as the evening wears on,
    until I disappear
    out on the balcony,
    where stars, I hear, are strewn for the take
    like shimmering diamonds on blue velvet,
    - - - -It is not the crowd who wear a mask of artificiality but the stars strewn across a night sky hold the interest of poet. A unique poem.Congratulations for being selected as the Poet of the Day.
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  • (7/12/2019 5:08:00 AM)

    An eloquent soliloquy bout the attractive power that is strange too. Heartiest congrats on poem of the Day. (Report)Reply

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  • (7/12/2019 3:37:00 AM)

    With the notes and a second reading, I think I got all that this poem has to offer. Many good lines where the language is not trivial like in many poems for the sake of an impact that comes dry and mean merely a poetic exercise.
    Thanks
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (7/12/2019 1:34:00 AM)

    Shimmering diamonds on blue velvet! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Mahtab Bangalee (7/12/2019 1:13:00 AM)

    I will Stand My Place/..../ I will stay calm../// beautiful poem penned. (Report)Reply

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  • Prabir Gayen (7/12/2019 1:04:00 AM)

    where higher noon is upside down;
    and the Moon...

    the Moon is a silver dollar... beautiful
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  • Dash Of Poetry (7/12/2019 1:02:00 AM)

    I read this poem a few months ago. It remains as unique and beautiful as it was then. Congratulations for being the POD. (Report)Reply

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  • Bulent Karaalioglu (7/12/2019 1:01:00 AM)

    Congratulations on the poem of the day (Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb Alfateh (7/12/2019 12:56:00 AM)

    I will allot myself one glass
    and sip it all night long,
    and no one will be the wiser.
    I will say I am a poet
    when they ask.


    great write
    great 10++++++++++++++++++++++
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  • Jane Campion (7/12/2019 12:48:00 AM)

    I love the humor and writing.

    To my favorites.
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (7/12/2019 12:29:00 AM)

    A well created magnificent poem of the day.
    Congrats, sir Troy for being picked...10+++
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  • Dash Of Poetry (2/13/2019 12:40:00 AM)

    Beautiful flow of words, describing the nature of an authentic Poet. (Report)Reply

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  • Practicing Poetess (9/17/2017 11:26:00 PM)

    And I would be right up there on that balcony with you, gathering stars, because, like young Alessia Cara, I don't enjoy playing society's games, either. The soul screams for a chance to be authentic!
    (Alessia Cara, in her stance on individualism, was the topic/inspiration for my poem No Dime A Dozen. She is an amazing young recording artist who won't let the recording industry shove her into its mold.)
    Thnoughts, not idle cocktail chatter, possess a strange attractive power.
    Well done.
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    Troy Cochran(9/18/2017 5:39:00 PM)

    I had not heard of Alessia Cara before, so I hopped on Youtube and listened to one of her songs ~ How Far I'll Go. What a giant little singer! I love her voice! And now having read your poem ~ No Dime A Dozen ~ I see that you've done her great justice. It speaks highly of you. Well done to you as well! :)

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017



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