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The Cluttered Desk
by Norton R. Nowlin

Thursday, September 06, 2007
Rated "G" by the Author.
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What really lurks hidden beneath the apparent mess that most people call a cluttered desk?

Trappings of a well ordered mind
Are oft strange to the jaded eyes
Of tourists, you know the kind,
Who've seen it all and rationalize
At once and away obscure reality.

Such as a desk deluged with what
May only be useless arrays of debris,
Papers stacked haphazardly and not
The only way wise people surely seek
To keep track of things week to week.

While one only calls a duck a duck
That quacks and purely acts the part,
A cluttered desk can quaintly deceive
An onlooker who's oddly struck,
Who can't believe order thrives amuck.

For what can be said of ordered minds
Which make sense from disorder,
Perhaps the kind of rare genius lurking,
Hiding beneath the clearly apparent mess
Most people consider a cluttered desk.














































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Reviewed by Kathy Armijo 9/7/2007
Cluttered Desk - Cluttered Mind

Both work for me
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 9/6/2007
I enjoyed reading this one, think I could relate to it a little. I liked a cluttered desk so I would always appear busy, even when I was not.....

Be safe,
Reviewed by Larry Lounsbury 9/6/2007
You relly captured a truth here. Enjoyed
Reviewed by larry linville 9/6/2007
Next time you sneak into my study would you please turn off the lights when you leave?

Reviewed by Rafiriio Daniels 9/6/2007
This was excellent, Keep poetry alive!
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 9/6/2007
I absolutely understand AND relate to the cluttered desk syndrome, but unfortunately, I am far from being a genius . . . Cute write . . .
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