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Wed Apr 08, 2020 3:04 am
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niteowl says...



Okay I'm just now getting around to reading/commenting on other threads and man there's some good stuff here. #7 is too real. I also like the line "sea breeze, hold the salt". And #6 made me laugh.
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Spoiler! :

#10
nostalgia
rose colored glasses for a time that never existed
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Meshugenah says...



Have two today (yes, posted out of order i know)

Spoiler! :

#22
the plague years
what’s different about this night:
everything but the soup
(and even that is questionable)
***Under the Responsibility of S.P.E.W.***
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Spoiler! :

#11
nostalgia is high school
without the pain
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Meshugenah says...



ugh, here. have two.
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#12
the plague years
the cat wants us gone yesterday

#13
the plague years
maybe now is the time
to go to services from
the synagogue i don’t go to
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11 might be the most real two lines I have ever read. And lol the hypocrisy of 13.
"You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not understand." Leonardo Da Vinci

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Meshugenah says...



i couldn't quite decide how to write this one (so there's a couple variations in here)
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#14
nostalgia
i dreamed last night
that high school had a sweetheart
and it wasn’t the one I dated

dream-sense made a world
i almost wanted to taste,
cling to in uncertainty
in a place created
by wishes never articulated
[never known]

until the year after the last text

dream-sense made a world i wanted.
clinging to in uncertainty
a place created by wishes not articulated
[never acknowledged]
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Medieval Lit! Come here to find out who Chaucer plagiarized and translated - and why and how it worked in the late 1300s.

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Meshugenah says...



Spoiler! :

#15
the plague years
marked time in rain
and ignored alarm clocks
in a dance kept falling out
of time
[the conductor’s drunk, and percussion left
leaving a spattering of winds and strings
who forgot how each other breathes]
***Under the Responsibility of S.P.E.W.***
(Sadistic Perplexion of Everyone's Wits)

Medieval Lit! Come here to find out who Chaucer plagiarized and translated - and why and how it worked in the late 1300s.

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Spoiler! :

#16
the plague years
music tried to die
reborn in separation
uneven beats
recorded across divides
and clarity of sound

***Under the Responsibility of S.P.E.W.***
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Medieval Lit! Come here to find out who Chaucer plagiarized and translated - and why and how it worked in the late 1300s.

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Meshugenah says...



couple of false starts
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#17
air singed

electricity on air


electric current travels best through air
so cold it dews
through sun shining around cobalt clouds
ringing sunlight in shadow.
***Under the Responsibility of S.P.E.W.***
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Meshugenah says...



meh
Spoiler! :

#18
the cat forgot for a moment that he’s really a dog and spent half the night sprawled in a box on a high table hidden from passing cars (but slitted so he could spy on the world)

#19
the plague years
i think nostalgia for people has set in

and i do not like people.

it’s been three weeks since i last went to work and it was normal
(the frantic energy of the first week right as isolation was ordered was not)
and i almost miss people.

***Under the Responsibility of S.P.E.W.***
(Sadistic Perplexion of Everyone's Wits)

Medieval Lit! Come here to find out who Chaucer plagiarized and translated - and why and how it worked in the late 1300s.

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Spoiler! :

#20
philosophical wanderings before midnight
never end well.
***Under the Responsibility of S.P.E.W.***
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Cadi says...



Mesh, I always love reading your NaPo threads, but this year I especially appreciate seeing you putting words to the weird mix of feelings that come with *waves at the world* all this. Reading these as a collection, the repeated line "the plague years" really starts to stick with me. #19! "nostalgia for people"! Boy is that exactly what I have right now.

As a side note, I really like that you share your false starts and alternate variations - after all, NaPo isn't about perfection, and it's really interesting to see the hands behind the curtain on someone else's poetry - not to mention that even if they're false starts they still sound good!
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@Cadi <3

Spoiler! :

#21
nostalgia
i dreamed last night that what i know
is a lie steeped in a history
of the unsaid.

of bullies and other and all the cliches
you wished could be outgrown
that come home to roost
when the walls start closing in
***Under the Responsibility of S.P.E.W.***
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Meshugenah says...



I'm up to like 37 or something (I wrote a bunch of two-liners, yo, and need to like. make sure they are mostly coherent-ish), so here, have a few.

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#24
the plague years
sometimes i wonder
at what i never learned
and if a millennia of tradition and scholarship
has been distilled
into a love of learning
without the history to bolster
the sacred art of argument

#25
spring exists in contradictions
of sun and shadow,
relief from pain
(pollen destroys peace)
found only in rain.

#26
the plague years
diaspora means i’ll never know
how many cousins i’ve lost
(or were never born)

#27
the plague years
there’s this terrible line that makes the rounds,
asking “what’s your inter-generational trauma”
(pogrom, on both sides, with a side-helping
of goyish hate; how to not know what part of yourself
you’re supposed to love or hate in one easy step)
and how many generations removed you must be before
you stop asking yourself which friend would hide you
and start wondering which one would turn you in
(or turn on you)
***Under the Responsibility of S.P.E.W.***
(Sadistic Perplexion of Everyone's Wits)

Medieval Lit! Come here to find out who Chaucer plagiarized and translated - and why and how it worked in the late 1300s.

I <3 Rydia
  








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