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What's in a List?
February 5, 2015
8:59 pm

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A list-of names, of dates, of people too-

On papers torn from the texts of scholars

And lined with ruled streaks of red or blue;

On fingers counted multiple times   

Until a number greater than ten can

Be achieved though they be numb

From pricking and washed red with blood

Or bathed in the snow and colored blue;

On petals of roses or lilies which we tear

From the tips in brutal infatuation,

Questioning the last limp adornment

If others might love us too;

We scribble the names of friends

And adolescent attractions, places

We would like to visit if given the chance,

And the final things we would like to do

If given the time or date or location

When we might turn the desperate shade

Of gasping, breathless blue;

We write the world and our perceptions

On the margins of discarded diaries

In calligraphy style as if transporting

Our thoughts from the mind to the page

Could make them become any more true

Then scrawl the names of our own

On the heavy slates of hardened hearts

In disturbing, blood red ink

Or the same color as our risen veins-

A most chilling indigo hue.



This is an imitation poem (homework assignment) imitating the poet Terrance Hayes whose work I am having to read for poetry class. The use of lists and series seems to be one of his key themes.

My identity can be found in my writing
February 6, 2015
6:00 pm

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I love list poems! This is quite lovely. Well done!

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