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by J Michael Kearney

Saturday, December 29, 2001

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•  Dying Lessons
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When you said,
“The world don’t need you.”
I laughed.
But when I try to think of things to say,
my thoughts tear the guts out of words
and only empty shells fall from my lips
as I try to escape the broad expanse of precision.
I’m dying...I’m Dying...I’M DYING...
I’m live.

I’ve said goodbye to you countless times
and still, I’m haunted by your image...your essence.
The taste and the smell of you
leave me breathless in the dark.

But you said,
“Don’t scream out in the one hears”
or was it, “no one cares.”
The room you think so big at night,
shrinks to almost nothing in the day.
And your fear of death is just the fear of dying
which is just a fear of pain.

Then you said,
“If you think you know,
you don’t.
If you think you will,
you won’t.
If you think that sex is love,
Your sex is loveless.”

So you say...
...the world don’t need you.

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Reviewed by malcolm barber 4/18/2009
this is a good poem
Reviewed by 000 000 9/27/2008
A great use of words, This one makes us think more of the words we choose to say to someone else. Each person hears..and concludes the same words spoken in many different ways.
Reviewed by Cles Wilson 1/20/2006
WOW...Very powerful!
Reviewed by sarah playle 12/11/2005
I love your writing.
Reviewed by melbalyn baang (Reader) 12/22/2004
well,i read your poem tittled dying are correct.all of do everything to live in this complicated world.thats life,after all we die.always remember our life is only borrowed from God.God bless you...
Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 1/4/2004
which ever you give pain a good look!!!
Reviewed by Bonita Quesinberry 11/18/2003
Very good, Michael: great imagery, painful words yet true to some degree. Visit me sometime. ~~Bonnie Q
Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa 10/19/2003
Then you said,
ďIf you think you know,
you donít.
If you think you will,
you wonít.
If you think that sex is love,
Your sex is loveless.Ē

Well said!
Well written!

Reviewed by Susan Cook-Jahme 9/20/2003
Great write - very "deep" :0)
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 9/12/2003
Very well written and very much truth here. You should be proud.
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 7/15/2003
Another moving piece of work that was enjoyable to read. G
Reviewed by Minerva Bloom 7/11/2003
J. Michael,

A visceral feeling, and so true:
"Iím dying...Iím Dying...IíM DYING...
Iím live." JMK

I can only say what my mother once told me:
{quoting someone, probably::: We begin to die, as soon as we are born).

It's so amazing and heartbreaking this gift of life and death. Is it not? And so many, the pathways (I always wonder on what is the right or wrong perspective and according to whose perception). Nevertheless, we pathetic humans, keep on trying and longing. Heck...longing is our most precious commodity. Yet what is the purpose of LONGING? Without it, we would be left without awe, at creation/evolution --combined. Lately, I've chosen to believe in both combined. Why not?

Life's strength
is drawn from the same source
as the first light of morning,
the twilight, flower's fire, oceans, mountains, births and dying...

Best regards to you, and fond memories,
keep on writing.

Minerva Bloom~

Reviewed by nevine Al Seidi (Reader) 6/4/2003
Mike! I love the paradox of: "the broad expanse of precision'. The eloquence of: "The room you think is so big at night shrinks to almost nothing in the day' is so powerful. You do not need to explain what 'she' thought; the hint suffices. So when we reach the line " if you think sex...", we learn nothing more. This line is redundant. Giving us 'her' opinion through hints is more poetic than treating us to her words ( expecially that neither we, nor the world need her, LOL)
Reviewed by Candida Eittreim 5/27/2003
Michael, this is so achingly hauntingly hurtful. I truly felt this!

Reviewed by Birdie Houston 3/9/2003
So beautiful!!!!
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 11/18/2002
Reviewed by Lawrance Lux 11/6/2002
Death is nothing, but the dying and sorrow is horrid.
Reviewed by Nellie Feng 10/28/2002
Sensitive and Honest.
Reviewed by Letitia Blount (Reader) 9/14/2002
WOW!!! I'm lost for words. So beleive me when I say there is alot of of praise in my WOW!
Reviewed by R Kimberley 9/7/2002
Loved this!!
Reviewed by Donna Maris 7/14/2002
xcellent words and sharp. Please stop and read my poetry on 9/11. I think I may know you from a chat on Does
"I am a New Yorker" ring any bells??- donna
Reviewed by Theresa Koch 7/4/2002
This tore at my heart so very sharp the lashing of words can be to ones soul!Brilliant writing`~*
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 5/3/2002
Edgy write all the way through. You've captured the despair of those who lack interpersonal warmth. Some can't reach out, for what ever reason, and they like the position they hold. ~E
Reviewed by jeanette 4/8/2002
people....people who need people...are the lonliest people in the world.
Reviewed by jeanette 4/6/2002
So true.
Reviewed by Hanley Harding 3/5/2002
I am blown away! Hanley
Reviewed by Sharron Tyrrell 3/3/2002
a poem that makes me think ... excellent
Reviewed by Victoria Murray 12/30/2001
I agree with JC, this poem is intriguing and very poetically expressed. I liked it a lot!
Reviewed by Janet Caldwell 12/29/2001
I love this, very intriguing and the 'ending' is perfect. Janet
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