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"Something Dies"
by Jan Sand
2008-03-21 09:06:40
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Things happen. A slow fall of dust.
Suddenly, eyes don’t meet.
“Sorry, time’s tight. I must –
I can’t make it Saturday.” A beat.

The silence stretches out.
“Okay.” Pause. Shoes fascinate.
“Sunday?” “No. I really doubt
I’ll be free.” “Why complicate –“
“- Complicate? I don’t - what –
What does that mean?” “Nothing.
Look! You, I, must - we’ve got –
We should see, something
Its not right.” “What’re you saying?”
A quick move to catch a sneeze.
Hand outstretched. “Let’s stop playing.
Please. Let me have my keys.”
Hard stares. “You can’t mean it.”
“’Fraid I do. Seems it’s finished.”
Sighs. “Frankly, I haven’t seen it.”
“You have. Our feelings have diminished.”
“Well, if you feel that way.”
“I do.” A shrug. A sad smile.
Helpless gesture, palms upraised.
“Perhaps phone, after a while?”
Slowly she retreats. He stands, dazed.

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Emanuel Paparella2008-03-21 10:17:18

"Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out.... Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure." - A.E. Housman (Add a comment)

Indeed, the great Dante and Vico scholar Thomas Bergin used to say to his students at Yale University: do not bother to analyze the Divine Comedy at first reading; just enjoy its beauty.

Sand2008-03-21 10:52:07
Indeed, as God once remarked, "Let there be light!" (Or was that Thomas Edison - no! Edison said "Come here Mr. Watson!" - but wait! That was Alexander Graham Bell or perhaps Sherlock Holmes. Oh well. Anyway, there is light.)

Eva2008-03-21 11:35:24
Been there, done that, bought the t-shirt.
Well written, Sand, but I'm afraid to say it hardly cheered me up - I have to take an antidote of sunshine now ;)

Sand2008-03-21 12:29:48
Poetry, I must admit
Can be an awful slammer.
At times it eulogizes shit -
Ends up a perfect damner.
But life goes on, and on, and on,
It has its downs and risers.
You lose a tooth, here and there,
But I still have incisors.

Eva2008-03-21 12:39:44
Haha, true!
"Always look on the bright side of life (whistle)"

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