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  A Friend Like A Drunk Poem On New Year's Eve
by Aberjhani
Saturday, January 13, 2007
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Wishing all a safe and joyous New Year.


 

Dear Readers,

Please enjoy the following poem. I’m happy to announce it is now available in a new book that you may view and purchase if you wish by clicking on The River of Winged Dreams 


 

“The air is filled with strangely human birds.”

––Guillaume Apollinaire, from The New Spirit and the Poets

 

1.

Your wife calls. Asks me to take your keys,
make you stay here tonight. She refuses
your refusal to leave the world to its chosen pains.

Long ago I stopped trying to convince you
that your hands are not roadside bombs.
Your tears not rapists. Your arms not starving children.

2.
You say you feel like a woman who can’t stop giving birth.
Like a man just discovering he is worthy of love.
Like heat surfing dream-waves of burning cosmic intention.  

I consider how the syllables of your soul have never hung
my imperfections from a gallows of public scrutiny
w
hile wallowing in the gigglings of neurotic tapeworms.  

3.
Your lines style splendor in cashmere meters.
Your rhymes pulse quasars of quantum compassion.
There is no sacred love your pen will not kiss, pray for, or heal.

Forty-eight thousand friends subscribe to your blog on MySpace.
They are witty with you, get horny too, and sometimes sublime.
But know nothing of the nightmares you puke on my shoes. 

4.
At midnight your wife calls again. Says Happy New Year
and she will still love you sometime tomorrow after lunch.
Tells me I am not a bad poet and an even better friend. 

At the end of “Auld Lang Syne” you open more champagne.
I take a hard deep breath to scold you for your weakness.
We hiccup at the same time, and hum in harmony as if on cue. 
 

By Aberjhani
© 13 January 2007                            

 
 

 
 
 
 

 

 


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Reviewed by Janna Hill 8/23/2011
I enjoyed this, my favorite stanza 4. You sound like good friends.
Janna
Reviewed by Kenny Baez 3/9/2009
I can imagine the appreciative ooh's and aah's this excellent poem would garner from a poetry audience. Your usual metrical panache, A!

Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 2/12/2008
WOW! Life representing real Life heartfelt ART, through your expressive ways Aberjhani!
Real and straight forward from your heart and soul!
Write On!
I want your book!
Warmest Blessings, Bright Light and Inner Peace, Warrior Purple Lady Sheoxooo
STay Positive! And... A Happier New Enriching New Year! 2008!
Reviewed by Rafika Anderson (Reader) 1/6/2008
So direct, so forward, so plainly obscure. LOL! I loved the playfulness with which you approached this sensitive topic. You display great caring and understanding in your words as well as an acute insight into the souls of common folks. Lovely piece. Thanks for sharing.

-=ra=-
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi Benyehu (Reader) 12/30/2007
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 1/13/2007


On this surrealistic photo the ontological confrontation is present, – the Poet expresses natural emotions, the wonders of Nature, or serve as an interpreter for what is possible to exist, could have existed or exists around the rational perception through intuition or through imagination.

"A Friend Like A Drunk Poem On New Year's Eve" inspires me to revise my social life, and to serve priorities FIRST.

I salute You, Sublime Poet.


Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 12/10/2007
I love these lines..."I take a hard deep breath to scold you for your weakness.
We hiccup at the same time, and hum in harmony as if on cue". Well done.
Reviewed by Muhammad Al Mahdi 1/26/2007
Captivating as a man's fate, penetrating. Both the person and your way of relating to him are excellently portrayed.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 1/24/2007
Powerfully-expressed, _Aberjhani!!! You always amaze me with your writings!!!!!!

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Art Sun 1/23/2007
I wish you a late Happy New Year and also wish to express how you grasp one within your work and place them alongside as though it is us who walks within your display....surely you are a great friend for we and I know you have the talent of great poetry...

nicely written ..... Art Sun...
Reviewed by Richard Christopher Suarez 1/19/2007
I am convinced again , ( after reading this that God does all in his own time;) I am not sure why I haven't read more of your words;
I can tell you even in my ADD your captured my Attention like you can't even imagine ! This is phenomenal ! In a way I am not qualified to say !; in my own understanding ; YOU HAVE CREATED SOMETHING GREAT HERE.// OR FAR BEYOND;
PLAN TO READ AND RE - READ.
ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!
Be Continously blessed Aberjhani with healthy life and real Joy!!!!!!!!!
Criso
Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa 1/19/2007
..as always YOU never cease to amaze me poet!
Marvelous work..you have the knack so many lack..
Brilliant!


vesna:)
Reviewed by Debra Harmes-Kurth 1/18/2007
Lost in so many nightmares we can be. A powerful poem, that makes one take a second read and a closer look at self.
debra
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 1/16/2007
:-)
Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 1/16/2007
i think someone already said "stirring"
truly captivating your poetry/poem takes one to other levels
gives one something to look up to
enjoyed!!!
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 1/16/2007
Brilliant poetry, speaks volumes yet so down to earth and real.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/15/2007
W O W.........deeply powerful, STIRRING, thought provoking verse; Aberjhani, poetry is made of words like yours. Congratulations on another outstanding write!!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Karen Cino 1/14/2007
What an awesome write. Once again you have penned a deep write, full of imagery, leaving me thinking and thankful that you kept the keys.

~hugs~
Karen
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 1/14/2007
A self portrait? Glad you kept the keys.

Ron
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 1/14/2007
awesome as always!!! you are a good friend!
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 1/14/2007
A fascinating slice of life piece about friendships and the demons we all seem to carry around in life.
Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten 1/13/2007
"...You say you feel like a woman who can’t stop giving birth"
Boy, Do I know this feeling! LOL!

"A Friend Like A Drunk Poem On New Years Eve"
Wow! I can't even begin to express it all! You have managed to make the reader see your friendship, your drunkeness, the poet within,
and even give the sense it was going to be a great New Year!
I admire your work and will always strive... to Aberjhani! ((hiccup))
humming away...
Take a bow!
Love and Peace~
Kimmy~
Reviewed by jude forese 1/13/2007
perfect in all respects, Aberjhani ...
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 1/13/2007
Long after the New Year opens the gate, sameness will abound. We are all vicyims of our path, of our friends, fears and loves.
Well said my dear friend and poet.
Susan
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 1/13/2007
I think that I actually felt dizzy while reading this poem, Aberjhani. Your verses felt like too much wine playing upon my senses, biting at my perception of reason like effervescent bubbles upon my soul. I honestly had to shake my head before reading it a second time. Excellent poem with amazing images that deliver the reader into the moment.
Take care,
Sherry
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/13/2007
Reading you is an education in the realms of poetic thought. I always feel like I received a precious gift after finishing one of your poems. Thank you for sharing with us Aberjhani!May you have a year blessed with all of your desires.
Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero 1/13/2007
Excellent compositin, Aberjhani. A good friend of mine was killed by a drunk driver, about twenty years ago. I still think about him and get angry. His life, a wonderful career and future, were stolen from him because some guy thought it was okay do drink and drive. Thank you for sharing this.

Carmen :-)
Reviewed by Randall Barfield 1/13/2007
it's great i think...has a special decadent-sophiscated feel or atmosphere about it...i'd say the gallows even if you say the gigglings after that...thanks for sharing this one
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 1/13/2007
Can't believe this... have just posted a poem about the "Rimbaud of Cwmdonkin Drive", Dylan Thomas, and the supposed earthy happiness he shared with his wife, Caitlin. His myth suggested to me that he was always a debauched old soak, but on a VERY cursory look into his biog notes, he, Caitlin and three children lived a happy, stable and ORDINARY family life. But you paint for us vividly here the flip side of the artistic coin, the experience of so many creative-types whose genius is a product of intense fissured Jekyll and Hyde. My own father was a paranoid schizophrenic and a sectioned alcoholic. I know well the theatre of which you speak, only too real to those of us who have lived the times of "always something to celebrate; always something to drown". If not mine, then someone elses... Acute and multi-faceted, AberJ. May your year continue safely but with as much glowing technicolour. Love and respect, K xx
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 1/13/2007

On this surrealistic photo the ontological confrontation is present, – the Poet expresses natural emotions, the wonders of Nature, or serve as an interpreter for what is possible to exist, could have existed or exists around the rational perception through intuition or through imagination.

"A Friend Like A Drunk Poem On New Year's Eve" inspires me to revise my social life, and to serve priorities FIRST.

I salute You, Sublime Poet.


Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by richard cederberg 1/13/2007
Author/Poet Aberjhani ...

For some reason Herman Hesse's "Steppenwolf" came directly to mind, specifically the sign that showed Harry Haller that this place was a magic theatre, and that entrance was not for everybody.

Although surreal in its imagery, I believe that your "friend" is real and a source of diversified emotion to you.

"I consider how the syllables of your soul have never hung
my imperfections from a gallows of public scrutiny
while wallowing in the gigglings of neurotic tapeworms."

This is strong, no holds barred, directly to the point language that chills me. Considering the direct reference to MySpace and 48,000 subscribers to a blog, I can't help but think that I am familiar also with this personality type.

I can honestly say that there has never been a writer, poet, musician, actor, or artist, that I have ever opened myself up to that did not impart wisdom, understanding, love, and assimilable imagination back to me.

All the others, the infamous, the substance abusers, the emotionally tortured, the ones that thrive, even prosper, on negativity, the denigrators of all that is good, the manipulators, are as so much jetsam and flotsam on a dung heap.

A powerful and thought-provoking write from an artist whom I trust and admire. Happy New Year!

Light and Wisdom ...
Richard Lloyd Cederberg

Reviewed by Susan Sonnen 1/13/2007
wow...you have left me with a strong sense of my own need for introspection.

Susan
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/13/2007
Once again you come up with a poem that compels one to read much more than once because with each reading, there seems more to "figure out" somehow. Thank you, Aberjhani. Love and peace to you,

Regis
Reviewed by George Carroll 1/13/2007
Into the mind of an alcoholic which has no cork.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/13/2007
Aberjhani....you took the wind right out of my sails with this one...left me like the drunken sailor...lol!!

By hook or by crook this is well done!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Victor Buhagiar (Reader) 1/13/2007
Quite a poem. So typical of everyday life, each one of us with his problems that seem to have no solutions. A happy new year to you too. Victor

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Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance

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The River of Winged Dreams (Hardcover Gift Edition)

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Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life...

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Elemental: The Power of Illuminated Love

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The Bridge of Silver Wings 2009

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The American Poet Who Went Home Again

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Visions of A Skylark Dressed in Black

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