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2.23.2014

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Poets's Sleep by
Chang Hong Ahn, 1989
Unborn characters die and decompose,
empty skulls bleaching in the sun.
Hollow sockets, gaping jaws;
I sleep on,
dreaming, dreaming.

Their spirits try to wake me by throwing pebbles,
shattering the windows and lining the sill.
Like stones on grave markers;
they whisper,
don't forget, don't forget.

When I die they shall crowd around me,
holding me accountable for their premature expulsion.
Howling voices, accusing eyes;
didn't you know,
We could have lived, we could have lived.

Mag 208

Copyright © 2014 SK Waller

21 comments :

  1. You wrote of your greatest fear as a writer. I know you too well.

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    1. I've long held the idea that some day, when I pass, I shall meet all of my fictional characters--those whom I developed and those I tossed aside--and will have a lot of s'plaining to do! A couple of years back I read that author Neil Gaiman has spoken of this very thing. It was enough to make me find his blog and subscribe. Now I just love him in his own right.

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  3. Skilled, and, to be truthful, quite a bit marvelous...

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  4. We could have lived, we could have lived . . . oh yes.

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    1. It touches me in a very deep and hidden place. I'm happy it touched you, too.

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  5. Wow! I love this, SK. Yes, they're all screaming, vying for positions, clamoring to be born. Brilliant!

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    1. I humbly bow. Your opinion matters to me.

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  6. For some reason Rob Dougans "Left Me For Dead " from the Furious Angels album came to mind when i read these very neceomantic words ....cheers

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  7. I'm glad I have no need to create characters in order to write my poems! :-)

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    1. Neither do I. I was writing about my fictional characters in my books. Poetry comes from, and is about myself, my feelings, and my intimate thoughts.

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  8. Perfect, this is so completely in touch, with our lovely magpie today!

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  9. Intense! And perfect tribute to those skulls!

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  10. Thanks to everyone. For stopping by and for taking the time to leave your comment. Really, it means so much!

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  11. And you will have to answer them, those unborn characters............. how will you tell them that there was a reason you left them right there? A tremendously special write.

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