Hugh Cobb

Rookie - 54 Points (29 January 1947 / New York, NY)

Making Lists - Poem by Hugh Cobb

Making lists -
a substitute for action
emotion, all human transactions
cross indexed kept sterile
in neat tables
set with everyday china...
utilitarian concerns foremost:
anything at all to prevent feeling
to keep the heart numb & safe,
buffering all blows
so all are somehow
just the same:
love, a simple rutting of the loins;
separation; divorce; even death
all equal in effect
as though the sea
& its waves were somehow
uniform & non-threatening...
'Make a list:
what to do
when hurricanes come...'
it surely must suffice.

(Copyright 3/10/2006)

Comments about Making Lists by Hugh Cobb

  • (3/21/2006 12:04:00 PM)

    Greatest good for the greatest number Mr Cobb. Keep up that utilitarianism, please! - Love this. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/19/2006 9:19:00 PM)

    I find i usually list to the left...but then i enjoy listing...good usual... (Report)Reply

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  • (3/17/2006 6:38:00 AM)

    Cheers Hugh. Another finely crafted piece. You pitch them well. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/16/2006 9:55:00 PM)

    your statement on love really stands out in this piece. i'm a fan of the way you say powerful things, embed them in your poems, create fresh ways of expressing thoughts. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/11/2006 6:39:00 AM)

    Oh, Dear! Oh, My! OH, NO! ! I am such a list-maker. Does this mean that I refuse to face reality? ? Seems so. Scarlett (Report)Reply

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  • (3/10/2006 9:35:00 PM)


    Sad at times is the human's ability to percieve. There is much to fear. Exhaustion eventually infects us all, learned helplessness, depression, or grief.
    Appreciation keeps the soul strong, and can change a person's list.
    (Like when I see you online) . :)


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  • (3/10/2006 9:06:00 PM)

    where can a safe
    secure life be found?
    the great question
    as the heart trembles
    but the brave
    embrace the subtle
    motion of life
    never sure if that trembling breath
    will turn out right
    on and on
    a great poem

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  • (3/10/2006 9:00:00 PM)

    I never make lists - loved this (as usual! !)
    Biggggg hugs
    Anna xxx

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Poem Submitted: Friday, March 10, 2006

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