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  We Need to Talk
by Odin Roark
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Rated "PG" by the Author.

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As poets, we tend to find multiple meanings and applications for both words and phrases, many times inviting associations far removed from the obvious. It might be said that “We need to talk” has layered meanings, especially when one allows imagination to set it apart from from the limitations of romance and failure.

We Need To Talk

With such wasted passion
you assault my landscape
my home
do you not know
I need no further convincing

And what of the defenseless
those erosions of the past
now roiling in your cyclic pleasures
forever destined as reminders

Such memories must endure endless bombardment
further breaking of stalwart heart
even as effort prevails to shelter
its weakened resistance

And what of your resolve
the carnage you leave behind
once adrift atop your tempest torn
now but scattered remnants of what was

Our tears meld
forever of flow

Be strong you say
your paternal angst
spewing forth
your orifice of froth
remaining as spittle upon my cover

But I understand

Beneath your aggressive nature
the womb of our birth longs to procreate once more
endlessly reminding Life's ebb and flow
of infinite mystery
of tides unknown

Heated passion does cool with time
leaving behind spires and citadels to remember
knowing time fractures Matter's will
delivering even more the jagged truths
awaiting your whips of taming

For together we are destined to abide Memory's tenacity
even as our strength
and breaks apart

We are the Rocks
The Sand
And we know your Ocean only too well

Calm your discontent

We need to talk


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Reviewed by Asa Seeley 5/28/2012
appreciating the 'diversities' of all tones of voice, makes 'talking'
interesting and enjoyable

Reviewed by Rafika Anderson (Reader) 5/27/2012
Incredible evocative imagery and strong tension througout. Well done!
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 5/27/2012
I personally hate that phrase in any context because it almost always implies, I'm right and you are going to understand as to why. I like the line calm your discontent, the person who didn't initiate the talk probably content. super interesting write Odin.
Reviewed by Budd Nelson 5/19/2012
a great disection again in very enjoyable dialect.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 5/19/2012
Okay, you dissected the oft-used phrase in your usually high-toned manner and with great gusto if I may say so. And by high-toned I do not mean it as a slight, no indeed, I meant it in the highest regard for your in-depth surveys of life and its sometimes meaningless twattle. I love it when you sharpen your knife's and go to work on something as common as "we need to talk."

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