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When it Seems Like a Good Idea, Remember
by Patricia Gomes

Thursday, June 16, 2005
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When it Seems Like a Good Idea, Remember

I.  The couple next door
(you remember—middle aged and thickset?
He's in engineering and she's in pursuit of Self)
installed a bird feeder on the thunderstuck maple.  Pastoral
in theory, countrified turned to horrified
with the arrival of starlings, ravens, and jays.  Birds of War.
Feathers are never tranquil when blood speckled;
the silly thing came down faster than it went up.

II.  I am neither light
nor energy.
I am not the cure for what ails you.

The threat of a spousal clutch
can only lead to bag packing, ill will,
and bloody feathers.  Humor me—
equate that constricting emotion with a condemned man's
first glimpse of the white sheeted gurney.
Too theatrical?  Then I'll give you a fat girl's panic
when she realizes she's forgotten her physician's excuse note
two minutes before Phys Ed class.
Or the salesman, who, terrified of cold-calling, phones in sick
on Call-a-Client Tuesday.
Neither scenario as dramatic as the condemned man, but
do you see?  Idyllic
in theory

for I know who I am.

Not light, not energy,
and not
the cure for what ails you.

III.  I've read them all, Dorcas.  His "Complete Works."  I waded methodically through the schoolboy essays, the poems of bloodshed, the verses of love and lust.  I read the letters To and From; I devoured the meaty court transcripts.  To presume his chilhood worse than any other is delusional—Vitalie was less Monster than Mother.  What a goddamned shame that Paul, on that fateful Thursday in Brussels, aimed the gun too low—the Bridegroom's devotees would have had him canonized; oh, how that would have made him laugh!  As for me, I remain underwhelmed.

" ... my wisdom is as much ignored as chaos. / What is my nonbeing, compared with the stupor which awaits you?"  — Arthur Rimbaud

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Reviewed by The Smoking Poet 7/8/2005
An adventurous style in your work, at each turn a new pacing, and a storyline that holds. Well done.
Reviewed by Sandra Mushi 6/28/2005
What a reality check!! Astounding!!

" ... for I know who I am.
Not light, not energy,
and not the cure for what ails you ..."

Great write, Patricia!!

God bless,

Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 6/26/2005
Superbly done...BHUWAN!!!
Reviewed by E. Richardson 6/20/2005
powerful indeed...rather like a focused strike to the solar plexis, followed by a right cross to the jaw...Exceptional write, Patricia.
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 6/19/2005
Simply b r i l i a n t.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/18/2005
This is brilliantly done, Patricia. Thank you for sharing it. Love and peace to you. Regis
Reviewed by richard poor 6/18/2005
read it twice...both times astounded me, very good!!!!
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 6/17/2005
Excellent offering girl!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 6/17/2005
Another truly fascinating write from your extremely powerful poetic pen, Patricia.
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 6/16/2005
Very good Patricia. Thnx for sharing. May the Lord Jesus bless you, and those whom you love, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my haert, stubborn to a faut, joy to te world, peace on earth, & ((((Hugs)))), Barbie

"If I have to be this girl in me, Then I may as well be."
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/16/2005
excellent! :)
Reviewed by Paul Williams 6/16/2005
Superb Patricia, far too many lines and phrases to pick out, as they are all outstanding. This is deffo a saver.

Reviewed by Nordette Adams 6/16/2005
countrified turned to horrified
with the arrival of starlings, ravens, and jays. Birds of War.
for I know who I am.

Not light, not energy,
and not
the cure for what ails you.

Oh, the whole thing, brilliant! You play in a different playground. :-) I've saved it to visit again. ~~Nordette
Reviewed by Edward Lupinacci 6/16/2005
Who would need TV if they could look out Their window and see the world you create from yours.
Reviewed by Sue Hess 6/16/2005
This is excellent...i am certainly not underwhelmed
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/16/2005
I agree with Maria Pat! No one puts the words
out there like you! Exceptional!

Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 6/16/2005
Absolutely Outstanding, this is excellent Patricia!

Reviewed by Maria Lupinacci 6/16/2005
Whoa! This kicks ass! Holy Crap Guru, when you
write, you don't pull any punches!

Printing this one, it's going in my collection of Patricia Gomes
poems, only I am giving it it's own folder entitled "words to read when in need of an urgent reality check!"
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