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MissCJMonroe
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 2 20:24:34 EST 2009    Post subject: The Willing Dead Reply with quote

the willing dead
A pathetic lament screams up at me from the filth of the sidewalks.
"Help me" it groans, "please, help me."

Ordinarily, my street smarts direct me to play ignorant
To continue on by
As though the cries had become lost
Amongst the buzz of the street
As though they didn't pierce
This bleeding heart

But this cry, so thickly poisoned with pain and desperation
Smells blood and hastily stings
Pumping venomous sympathy
Through the veins of a fresh victim

I peer down from my cloud
To behold the embodiment
Of such an agonizing wail

A putrid pile of flesh and bones
Trembles at my feet
Swathed in soiled tatters
Skin blackened with grime

The pungency of urine and human putresence
Pollutes the air unbreathably
and I cannot hide my abbhorence

It peers up at me with lifeless eyes and pleads again
Administering little more than a barbaric grunt
For the grip of addicition and self demise
has slowly strangled him for years

I recognize him as a daily fixture along my walk home
A career begger
Scroungin' for quarters
With a sign that reads "Need Change for Food"

Perhaps food is his first intention
But it is the contents of a bottle
Or the billows of a pipe
That pour down his throat
In exchange for those quarte

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 9 2:16:19 EST 2011    Post subject: Re: The Willing Dead Reply with quote

very nice angst

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16 19:48:54 EST 2011    Post subject: Re: The Willing Dead Reply with quote

I thought this was really quite excellent. As a prosaic poet myself I commend the exquisite imagery you've infused here in painting a picture with your words. As harsh as it is to witness it, for this is reality in all its stark darkness of the night, it's still beautiful for capturing the moment of a state of affairs in this world - you not only capture the moment, but you make it your own.

Excellent work, poet.

j.p.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17 18:49:25 EST 2011    Post subject: Re: The Willing Dead Reply with quote

fuck this

what a cop out

fully underwhelmed...

you might as well be m night shammmm alallalalaladingdong.
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