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Cry #23
by Roger A. Ochs
Saturday, April 16, 2005
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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There are times when, after a public reading, I don't know if I'm angrier at the audience or myself

The sacrificial lamb
Who blunders blindly
Into the chamber of death

The prostrate victim
Of the great cultural game
 Taking one last breath

Have I done my job
Is your knowledge
More complete?

Have I played the game
Are your expectations
Made concrete?

The blood pouring
From my heart weakened,
Ever shriveling, brain

The dying gasp
Of a soul sacrificed
On altar of prosaic pain.

To the game
Of halt and lame

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Reviewed by The Smoking Poet 7/30/2005
But then you keep writing. As you should, Roger. End of day, it's for you.
Reviewed by Tien Avielle (Reader) 4/24/2005
A point made quite graphically!
Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 4/17/2005
...and yet, there we find ourselves again, pulling up our hair (sorry, Roger) and bending down so that the blade will hopefully hit its mark and the pain will be subdued by the sharpness of the blade with which we speak.

I, too, am guilty of admiring your poetry. (smile) katy xox
Reviewed by Roger Ochs 4/17/2005
Please see my blog for more on this topic.
Reviewed by jude forese 4/17/2005
the character of an audience can either accept or deny the quality of the poetry ... we on the other hand, have to deal with the fear of success and the frustration of failure ... and if we appear to fail, move onto the next audience ... if we succeed, focus on only getting better ...
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/17/2005
Awwww this is well written...I think I can relate...and yes Sherry said it well!!

Love & Hugs Tinka
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/16/2005
As Sherry said, let them chips fall, and if they are cow chips, don't let them fall just throw them at the audience, that will get a rise or fall out of them...Ed
Reviewed by Maria Lupinacci 4/16/2005

Boy this hits home, let me just say I feel your pain!
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 4/16/2005
I suppose that you must ask yourself if the public at the "public reading" are really worth your concern. You have something to say, say it and let the chips fall where they may. Perhaps they will like what you say and perhaps not, but (hopefully) we write for ourselves and perhaps, one day, our words will be exactly what someone else needs or wants to hear. Many of those groups that have readings don't seem to like poetry from the soul or poetry that is honest...they tend to like fabricated, tormented poetry that uses words that require a dictionary to understand and would never appeal to or be understood by the masses. Write what flows from you and skip worrying about if someone else appreciates it or not.
Take care,
Reviewed by Michelle Mills 4/16/2005
We often don't know what will happen when we 'put ourselves out there'. But we should still keep swinging the bat. For every rejection received, I seem to be getting an acceptance to counterbalance it. You will as for public readings...I've never put myself out to THAT extent as of yet. Ha ha! Kudos to you for your bravery! This is a fine piece. Keep writing. It's obvious to this writer's eyes that you've got the goods. Michelle
Reviewed by J B (Reader) 4/16/2005
roger--very frightening--remember suffecient grace
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