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I Ask You

Rating: 3.7
What scene would I want to be enveloped in
more than this one,
an ordinary night at the kitchen table,
floral wallpaper pressing in,
white cabinets full of glass,
the telephone silent,
a pen tilted back in my hand?

It gives me time to think
about all that is going on outside--
leaves gathering in corners,
lichen greening the high grey rocks,
while over the dunes the world sails on,
huge, ocean-going, history bubbling in its wake.

But beyond this table
there is nothing that I need,
not even a job that would allow me to row to work,
or a coffee-colored Aston Martin DB4
with cracked green leather seats.

No, it's all here,
the clear ovals of a glass of water,
a small crate of oranges, a book on Stalin,
not to mention the odd snarling fish
in a frame on the wall,
and the way these three candles--
each a different height--
are singing in perfect harmony.

So forgive me
if I lower my head now and listen
to the short bass candle as he takes a solo
while my heart
thrums under my shirt--
frog at the edge of a pond--
and my thoughts fly off to a province
made of one enormous sky
and about a million empty branches.
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Dr Antony Theodore 18 December 2020
It gives me time to think about all that is going on outside- leaves gathering in corners, lichen greening the high grey rocks, while over the dunes the world sails on, huge, ocean-going, history bubbling in its wake. a very fine poem. tony
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Mahtab Bangalee 28 November 2020
So forgive me if I lower my head now and listen to the short bass candle as he takes a solo while my heart thrums under my shirt- .....here I feel the love for the chores sharing with better-half to make a harmonious life; beautiful poem shared
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Mountain Man 28 November 2020
I ask you sounds like a song or two......
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Savita Tyagi 28 November 2020
Brilliant. Each moment of life is so precious, spent in the closeness of your own self.
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Soulmate dear 28 November 2020
I ask you why are yoiu doing this ask me
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Khairul Ahsan 28 November 2020
Loved the different imageries so neatly drawn in appropriate words, and glad to see the contentment of the poet. Congratulations to the poet on this poem's selection as the 'Modern Poem of the Day!
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Dr Antony Theodore 28 November 2020
So forgive me if I lower my head now and listen to the short bass candle as he takes a solo while my heart thrums under my shirt- frog at the edge of a pond- very fine poem. tony
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Dr Antony Theodore 28 November 2020
But beyond this table there is nothing that I need, not even a job that would allow me to row to work, or a coffee-colored Aston Martin DB4 with cracked green leather seats. very fine poem. tony
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Sylvia Frances Chan 28 November 2020
So finest feel to have read an Immortal poem while the poet is still alive, but he is a genius like my only bro must I admit, such a brilliant poem, so finest to read, who am I that I can decreed? CONGRATULATIONS on being chosen with this great prize of honour from Poem Hunter for your most deserving poem I ASK YOU. I am very happy for you, dear Billy. God's Blessings in Abundance.5 Stars!
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Britte Ninad 08 July 2019
So forgive me if I lower my head now and listen to the short bass candle||| such a beautiful poem shared
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