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^fn Key-Exile (a prosetry observation)
By Odin Roark
Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2012
Last edited: Friday, June 29, 2012
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Another mini-essay exploration into the mystery.

^fn Key-Exile

(a prosetry observation)

Each morning
it awaits the touch
around 6 usually
the function key is cold
expecting the comfort of finger warmth

The inviting keyboard that
knows only freedom
through self-imposed separation
well aware
different strokes
different folks

Our fingers respond
our eyes fix on the monitor
the world of choice
personal domain like no other
that place where
like fingerprints
no one else can possess our identity
imitate it
or even coerce it
emasculate or rape it
‘cause that’s the Me/You world
not anyone else’s creation

Small vibrations of imagination
file out with their daily chorus
“freedom of expression
is a right
not a privilege”


Armies of dissuaders
pummel our aura daily
the Goliaths of our David
knowing not our resolve to imagine
so others resolve might absorb

Artists/patrons United
free to commit resources of experience
any amount
not to compete
but to connect

Simple red wagon travelers we
a scooter here
a skate there
but all of collected need
reaching to the next level
and like an informed decision
informed innocence demands attention
attention whose reward refuses to be made
a hard and brittle victimization
through contempt and fear

Outside judgment and agenda continue
attempting the smothering of spirit
the “Do as I say, not as I do” intimidation

Oh how glorious
our opposites embracing a world of learned ignorance
their open hearts and minds
sealed by forged ripples of cowardice
entombing their corruptibility long turned ash


Our screens/canvases/podiums/stages et al beckon movement
time to convert experience
into new beginnings
new risks of failure
where we all meet at the “Punch for 5 cents” stand
park our Neverland exile transport
and let sweet nectar of guiltlessness
quench our unique thirst of perpetual birth
the need few are aware of…



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Reviewed by Jerry Bolton
"quench our unique thirst of perpetual birth
the need few are aware of…"

That says it all. Those two lines is the poem/short story/whatever. Of course if you had merely posted those two lines, it would have set off a firestorm of speculation, and many thoughts would have converged to interpret it to their satisfaction. Yes, the keyboard knows, is ever alert to our stokes and moods and even the lies of those who stand, stalwart in their oppression and desire to make us alter the way we strike our keys. Many do. Some do not, and it is to those who do not that this piece rings the golden bell of awareness. Nice work.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull
This essay [article, not a short story] is dear to my heart. The only difference is that my fingers only numbly fumble with the keyboard but my mind is fn-ing sharp so I use my microphone to get the words down on paper [electronic–save the trees–keep the ideas]. Therefore, it is my pledge and duty to examine the foibles of those who follow leaders blindly and show them the light, not of some godly revelation, but of their own creative examination. We are in kinship in our thoughts on this matter.


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