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  Living on the Edge 2
by Aberjhani
Thursday, April 28, 2005
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Strange: to feel your self cemented

at the blood-heavy roots within

yet clearly incomplete.  Unsafe somewhere.

Thoughts and mercurial impression race

between skin and muscles, blood and soul,

like radioactive maggots contaminating

all the best beliefs you hold about you.


At your feet a translucent bird

struggles like a broken nation.

Upon its wings, within its breasts

a thousand colors shine stories

about you: all the love you slaughtered,

the hatred you rocked in your arms like some

sad little boy-orphan or your own smelly evil.


These are knowings: from which you

have always ran.  Now pulsing at your feet

like Achilles’ bloody wound.

Now ravenous and raving for morsels of mercy.





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Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/9/2005
Damn, the emotions just EXPLODE off the page! Strongly visceral, powerful write--WELL DONE!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :(
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 5/4/2005

Magnificent poetic write ... penned to perfection!!


Reviewed by Muhammad Al Mahdi 5/4/2005
THese are knowings: from which you have always a particularly grabbing statement. It is forcefully rendered.
Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 5/3/2005
felt the truth and pain (for expression sake)
in stating......enjoyed
the sting
(miss it)
Reviewed by Chanti Niven 5/1/2005
I can only echo the sentiments of my peers. Your poetic genius is well evidenced here. I am a great admirer of your work. You inspire me to new heights.
Reviewed by Zenith Elliott 5/1/2005
Great depth of meaning in your words, Outstanding write.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 4/30/2005
You have great talent and you unselfishly share it most aptly in these verse once again. Thank you. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by jude forese 4/29/2005
your powerfully descriptive poetic analysis leaves me in awe ... some cannot handle the truth about themselves so they run from it ...
Reviewed by Iva Lawson 4/29/2005
I've heard you were the master poet. You get no arguement from me on that. I once opened myself up and took a look inside. This work reminds me of what I saw there. Once I recovered from fainting at the sight of me, I felt brave enough to look again. Yeah, that was me allright. Writing always cleanses me. Thank you for the depth of this piece.
Reviewed by Emeka Nwogu 4/29/2005
Powerful tapestry from the master. Your pen is always an arrow piercing through the soul of your readers. Thank you very much.

Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 4/28/2005

"Living on the Edge 2" delivers its message through wise sounds.
It is a poetic glow from the fountain of wisdom.

Healthy be Your creative days, sublime Poet!

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 4/28/2005
Feed it self-forgiveness and fly, you beautiful soul. Grow and soar! As always, stunning work. I printed it out and meditated on it in a parking lot while waiting for my kids. :-) ~~Nordette
Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen 4/28/2005
You have some lovely word-relations, Poet Aberjhani, like strange and struggles, thoughts and thousand, radioactive and hatred. I can also feel the 'b's' presences in all the verses and some intriguing lop-sides vowel alliteration.

Linda's right, this one, to me, was felt, but not so much, at first, in the meaning of its words, but in its lettering structure and moody tone. Then, awareness bites and propounds the secondary realization of the meaning of those words, creating a double-pathos echoing effect that still rings in my mind.

Thank you for this lesson.

Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
Reviewed by L. Figgins 4/28/2005
Some poems you FEEL, and to describe them is futile. To hear your poetry aloud would be beauty, Aberjhani...Startling when you see yourself in a crystal mirror, devoid of illusion. The shame burns truth. You know her name. You come to your authentic self. Your tears cleanse. You grow. From everything you grow...
Reviewed by Paul Williams 4/28/2005
Exceedingly profound and poignant discourse exploring our polemic nature painted in pure art. Superb!

Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 4/28/2005
Whoa! Puttin' the bad-mouth on somebody. I wonder who. Have my ideas. A punch to the gut poem.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 4/28/2005
This is so powerful, Aberjhani: deeply personal and yet so universal. We are all men and all men are us. Guilty and yet innocent at the same time. The ties that bind us to each other... and even more so to ourselves - are strong. This is so graphic and intense that it is almost like shards of glass beneath my bare feet... and rightly so. TY Kate xx
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/28/2005
Excellent powerful piece...thanks for this offering!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/28/2005
Aberjhani, your poems are always a feast for the poets soul!
Thank you for sharing! However you have lived, methinks you
are doing something right, if you can write like this;-)


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