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Jackhammers
by Ryan Jesena

Monday, January 14, 2002

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it hurts like jackhammers
and you can get so tired
and you can get so hungry,
even if it is an angry fried chicken
that is being shoved down your throat.
and you canít sleep
and you canít have sex
even when youíre thinking
so hard to remember her
and it makes you so dizzy
and it makes you so envious
but you canít help but think
of very bad things to do.
and you can be flustered
and you can forget the songs
that you once sang before.
even when you try so hard to hum
coltrane or davis.
and you can get so embarrassed
and you can fail to imagine
the sun, even when it is slamming
his hammer down your winded face.
and life can be a little happier
and life can be a little easier
but the world rejoices at misery;
so sit back, and finish that bottle
to the last drop.
be a little helpless
be a little lonely
be a little sadder
be a little afraid
and open up your senses
to a world of possibility.


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Reviewed by April Pittman 1/14/2002
What can I say about this other than it was very touching...painfully familiar...and unnerving. I never like thinking about things that upset me but if it must happen then I suppose at least I have had the opportunity to do it reading such a wonderful poem.
April
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