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October 14, 2010



Make an impact
Make no sense
If possible
Make only a portion
Instead of a bit.
About the intense burst
Of info-soak
Shortened down in sense
Culling sentences
That let the reader know
What it is you know
Only less so.

Read it out aloud
To get the drift
Or maybe wait
A while and decide
Later, keeping focused
On a bedside book
Read by housewives
Looking for love
In not the husband's words.

Keep things vague
Left out
Then back in,
Sparse, tight inside
Letting others draw it out.
Don't go back
Don't change
Do make some kind of sense,
Maybe no one knows
But you'll know
Added on.

Beat it out
Take it on a trip
And talk to it
As it would talk to you
Were it not undecided.
It will come alive
If you let it
And when it's out
You'll know.

Great poems, wonderful site. Thanks for sharing.

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"After You've Gone"
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