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Below is the poem entitled 817 which was written by poet Gina Young. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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a forward reinvention
out of death
i must recycle myself
into perfection
i would rather wash and dry my hair
than to love, love you
i would rather be old and diseased and wrinkled
and suffering
than to love, love you
and true,maybe you were a beginning for me
but not the end
compressedof the heart and gut and sex and jealousy
an education
a presumption of powerlessness
i want to fold over the lessons of you
and stuff them and hide them
inside deep crevices only you have known
never to be learned in the light of day
or in the black of night ever, ever
i would rather sleep fourteen hours and miss all the good sunshine
than to be loving you
i would rather be cold and dirty and pitiful
than to be loving you
i should be deaf or mute or both
or penniless or cruel
i should be deranged, or worse, ordinary
or mundane or boring
anything but to be loving you
because i cannot, will not ever again

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  1. Date: 9/11/2011 4:06:00 PM

  1. Date: 9/9/2011 7:37:00 AM
    Love this poem! Congratulationson your poem being featured this week.

  1. Date: 9/6/2011 11:35:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved poetry being featured this week Gina. Love, Carol

    Young Avatar Gina Young
    Date: 9/8/2011 4:12:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Carol!
  1. Date: 9/2/2011 2:13:00 AM
    thanks to you guys for commenting, it means alot to have people read these words!

  1. Date: 9/1/2011 10:21:00 AM
    Thank you for sharing your excellent poetry with us today Gina. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to reading more soon. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/1/2011 5:24:00 AM
    lol... its actually just the date. what a let down huh?

  1. Date: 9/1/2011 5:12:00 AM
    Okay, I get it; you want me gone and you say so very elegantly. But what's '817' mean? The number of days we dated, an area code...what? I gotta know.