the repetition of two times two MAG

January 25, 2009
By Cynthia Miller, Chevy Chase, MD

the repetition of two times two –
you whispered against the grain of
sodden cardboard water:
as if it unlocked volumes of verse.

if you stayed and waited for the
ink to print on your calloused fingers,
I stop in reluctant, pushing glasses
up the acute angle of my nose.

what kind of teacher (the best –
the most visionary kind) would
lie to her students? Hopeful
illegible writing veers the inside
and paints my eyes shut.

if I penned the archaic,
imperial formula in the margins of
bleak paper, their faces,
scarred and hopeful
(in a row, with tall texts the sentry

at the wall and brink) of knowledge.
it is all a game, i promise.
wilted cigarettes press on the
lines of rhyme – syntax

(she answers
small circles of uncertainty

like translucent flowers:
an unrecognizable gift.
so this is where the poets die:
in books and brittle papers.

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on Sep. 17 2011 at 11:18 am
livelovesmile GOLD, Gaithersburg, Maryland
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Favorite Quote:
I am like a star burst. A juicy contradiction. I'm hard to figure out, but when you get to my center, your suprised! It's not what you thought it would be, huh.

This poem is amazing! Don't we all feel like this at times. 

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on Apr. 11 2010 at 9:28 am
dylanedwards GOLD, Miami, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"Rather than love, than faith, than fame, than fairness, than money, give me truth"

those last lines are epic.

mooneyes said...
on Nov. 22 2009 at 2:02 pm
This is the best poem I have ever read in my life. Okay, maybe not in my life, but this is still dang good. I can't even tell you how this makes me think.

Zero_K DIAMOND said...
on Nov. 14 2009 at 7:14 pm
Zero_K DIAMOND, Moosic, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"Life's no fun if you're not insane, otherwise you grow up to be an accountant." -Moi

Wow, deep and meaningful. I love it.

-Blessed Be!


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