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Two Poems:With the Whole Crowd/Apparently So


by Darryl Price



With the whole bizarre crowd
surrounding us like bird covered cliffs, offering up a bowl full of choppy seas to the many bored sky gods,
we danced our way
into all their hard shell covered hearts
as one.Still they never
knew our hiding
places at their side.It's someone's shame, but I'm not sure exactly who's.
 
Oh yeah that splendid imagined
air kept fanning
its brilliant wings up and down for
us; like some unholy golden
breath it caused
our glowing to burn with each
 
newly risen
piping hot note.Others
thought," they're just
simply reflecting to sad
stars like surfacing
fish," but they
 
bent their cold wicks our frightened
way-- like angel children
with their hands full of unlit candles.
The circle would not be
broken for them
no matter how
 
hard they pulled on
its gold twisted belt.She tried out many sweet
smiles, her gentle
gait being much the preferred wheel
spinning all around them like any cool breeze would at that.
I wanted to
 
go first to bear
it for her but
she insisted
that our loss should always be one
shared.And so their
sharp stones buried us. 
 
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Apparently So

"Fun is the one thing that money can't buy."--The Beatles
 
And the rain that blew
became black and reddened
like so many had always
dreamed it would. Did that make it
any less true for you? The kids refused 
 
to murder their
own childhoods in order
to appease the
adults who were always so terribly busy
digging holes again and again
 
in their own thick skulls,
the frightened sad adults.
And birds refused to
act like muted cats.
And branches refused
 
to stop groping for
more sun. And secret
stars still came out. And
lovers refused to
stop caressing hands.
 
And the poets sang
into their battered
top hats upon the
filthy alleyways
without asking for
 
an audience or food or more
money. And there were
lights in windows and
windows in rain and if
you chose to look that really
 
close up then finally
you could stare and just
make out a million
little new flowers
pushing up the dirt
 
with their tiny soft heads.
And no one thought peace
had a chance in hell
of making the news at night.
And the TV comedians
 
made everyone 
cry. And so
the children sang,"Enough
already, rock
and roll all night long!"

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