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Rating: 3.9
You know the parlor trick.
wrap your arms around your own body
and from the back it looks like
someone is embracing you
her hands grasping your shirt
her fingernails teasing your neck
from the front it is another story
you never looked so alone
your crossed elbows and screwy grin
you could be waiting for a tailor
to fit you with a straight jacket
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Khairul Ahsan 12 November 2020
The poem is an epitome of poetic imagination. 'from the front it is another story' - and that's the true story'! Glad to see that the poem got the well deserved honour of being selected as the 'Modern Poem of the Day'!
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L Milton Hankins 17 September 2020
A sweet poem, Billy, that causes all of us to remember and with a " screwy grin" remind ourselves that those were good...no, great...times. Give us more and more, please.
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mortyn 08 July 2019
http: //www.4cashpath.com/ Do you realize the the song was played in Season One of Stranger Things as well? It was one of the first great scenes of the series. When the Police thought they found Will Byers dead, and his friends, who were trying to rescue him, watched them pull his body out of the lake... It was a fantastic moment, and the song played a huge role in it.
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Dr Antony Theodore 08 July 2019
You could be waiting for a tailor to fit you with a straight jacket one that would hold you really tight. very nice poem. tony
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Kumarmani Mahakul 08 July 2019
Fascinating expresson. Beautiful poem. Thanks and congratulations for being chosen this poem as the modern poem of the POD.
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Ratnakar Mandlik 08 July 2019
Amazing flight of imagery narrating a style of embrace that is actually some other position. Deserving modern poem of the day.
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Anil Kumar Panda 08 July 2019
A very nice poem. Loved it. Always enjoyed your poems.
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Mahtab Bangalee 08 July 2019
beautiful embrace.....................//
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What a funny poem! It engaes us in long laughter
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Bernard F. Asuncion 08 July 2019
A fun write by Billy Collins........
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