s./j. goldner

Rookie (March 2nd,1984 / USA)

Beset, Reset - Poem by s./j. goldner

And listen to Antony & the Johnsons while sunning,
I reach down and slide my pants beneath the curve of my bum
and let the warm light spread over the small roundness—

Isn't it funny how a woman's thoughts are
by time, place, setting.

For instance two seconds ago,
I was chained to the horror of my room
and the finiteness of my keyboard—
the intoxication of the computer screen—
the darkness where sadness blends love with anger
every second of every day
and the echoing memories
of the attic beside me that scream
of ten childhoods lost.

And now I'm outside in the tall grass with nothing but nature.
And I feel infinite.

Comments about Beset, Reset by s./j. goldner

  • (6/28/2010 11:59:00 PM)

    You're an idea machine. (Report) Reply

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  • (7/5/2007 2:58:00 PM)

    here's to shut ins and curved bums
    you capture the blight in urban.
    and the monotony of this era
    tony d
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  • Margaret Alice (1/28/2007 2:27:00 PM)

    This is like reporting on stream of consciousness and the kind of poetry I like best - I like the way your thoughts flow and the way you communicate it - and can share in your experiences. (Report) Reply

  • (1/3/2007 4:34:00 PM)

    I'd guess that your imagination can take you pretty much anywhere in two seconds. If not, who typed this? Susan, you load your words very heavily for someone so young. Your face confirms the sensitivity your words imply. More needle sharp stuff. jim (Report) Reply

  • (10/7/2006 12:29:00 PM)

    Great title. Arresting writing. I recognise that transition so well. Wicked that you've put into words - a unique poem! Cheers (Report) Reply

  • (7/5/2006 1:51:00 PM)

    SUN...your poems never cease to amaze me...you talk about finite and the infinite...wow...people spend years in meditation to grasp that concept...the feeling of oneness with the universe...non duality...'i am what i am right now'...a concept that gives great peace...and you at such a young age...and i think with not much help have attained great spiritual maturity...lovely read Sun...thanks for a peep into your mind...nalini (Report) Reply

  • (6/8/2006 5:00:00 PM)

    Such crevices that lie within the mind...now behold the light. I love the artistry in this poem. Very sophisticated and the last lines pull the whole thing into a whirlpool of emotion. What a great write.
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  • (5/21/2006 7:00:00 PM)

    I also like your small roundness, but your thoughts sad and happy about childhood is what makes you a poet! ! (Report) Reply

  • (5/19/2006 1:29:00 PM)

    Susan Jane,
    We all get a little uptight being enclosed, restricted and have a lack of freedom.A good lie in a sun drenched meadow works wonders for the morale! ! communing with nature.
    A nice write - Sid John.
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  • (5/17/2006 9:44:00 PM)

    Love how you ended this. Nature sure is a cure for many things, isn't it? Take care. Good poem. Sincerely, Connie Webb (Report) Reply

  • (5/15/2006 12:12:00 PM)

    the finite heart changed for the natural world and saw the infinite, now the contrast is so enlightening and creative too, it show's how the world has alot of changes and the contrast of eveyday life, really nice.maxim muyu (Report) Reply

  • (5/14/2006 10:23:00 PM)

    This is so wonderful - it takes the reader to the sun, back to the darkness, back to the sun... I don't know who Anthony and the Johnsons are, but their inclusion makes the first part work well, since the reader knows you are in company, then alone, then in company - complementing the light/dark contrast. Oddly, even as the others talk, you have a very private experience, not talking but hearing. And the keyboard in the shaded room suggests an urge to communicate. So the poem balances, on more than one level. Terrific. (Report) Reply

  • (5/13/2006 9:25:00 PM)

    Nice poem, its a good read - well done

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  • (5/11/2006 11:59:00 AM)

    You have an active mind sus, I really like the internal dialogue, the way you shed light on your topic. A dark (attic beside me) delight. (Report) Reply

  • (5/11/2006 8:49:00 AM)

    wow, that last couplet is outstanding.

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  • (5/10/2006 5:47:00 PM)

    A very topical subject and erotic too. Well done.10 from Tai (Report) Reply

  • (5/10/2006 4:57:00 PM)

    I can not tell you how much I have used Anthony and the Johnstons for inspiration for my writes, he sings from such a depth full of compassion and yearning,
    So full of heartfelt sentiments,
    Thankyou for the reminder of a wonderful artist,
    'YOU ARE MY SISTER' is one of my favourites
    A great write
    Love Duncan
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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Poem Edited: Thursday, July 26, 2007

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