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Insomnia (To Tom)

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Insomnia (To Tom)

                        Insomnia drifting 
                        from fears to phobias
                        towards sunset 

                        I used to wine and dine her
                        now, Rosie can't stop:
                        her constant and succulent Tid-Bits 
                        transform our kitchen into her sanctuary
                        Moon shines on her cellulite 
                        like lunar craters
                        for eventual wormholes 
                        inertia under the spandex boxer shorts

                        Insomnia drifting 
                        from fears to phobias
                        towards memories

                        ...with my lost friends in Dire Straits gig 
                        yelling "money for nothing"
                        the abusive police sharing pain
                        and the blood in the white shirts
                        when we sold the Hammond for medicine

                        Insomnia drifting 
                        from fears to phobias
                        towards nothing

                        The mute T.V. and the World I didn't change
                        skipping, switching, zapping 
                        the vacuum salesmen
                        the nuclear waste in a poor country
                        the UFO convention
                        American Idol, America got Talent, 
                        and the stupidity of strange feelings
                        Coke, Trojan, Toyota...
                        Listerine soaked tissue
                        to kill the germs that cause bad words
                        dirt and death
                        order and death
                        votes and death
                        power and death
                        control and death
                        politics and death
                        selfishness and death
                                                      manipulating my sleep


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  1. Date: 9/20/2010 9:52:00 PM
    Oh the chaos in our lives that our minds relive when we should be at rest. This is fantastic, reminds me of the classic punk rock band Black Flag with lyrics like TV Party Tonight. I used to listen to them back in the 80's when punk rock bands still had something to say about the world, even if it was done as sarcasm. I liked! Easy fav.

  1. Date: 7/18/2010 10:20:00 AM
    Dear Ruben What a good poem You made me relive my sleepless nights analysing life and the world.

  1. Date: 7/12/2010 6:10:00 PM
    I give you a top mark for this, you have caught the caustic cadence of a nightmare-any nightmare. The rhythm is superior. You should be proud of this! Really, Reuben, this is one of your very best! Regards, Gerard.

  1. Date: 7/7/2010 6:59:00 AM
    Been missing your work..Don't know if I just missed it or you have been off for a while..Great write..Don't know if this won or if the contest has been judged...Sara

  1. Date: 7/5/2010 7:48:00 AM
    Enjoyed rerading your poem, Ruben! Con palabras muy profundo y justo! Have missed you lately on soup!!! Have a nice week! Tu amigo Gert

  1. Date: 7/3/2010 5:38:00 PM
    Have missed seeing you on the soup, my friend!! Hope all is well.... without your poetry...the soup is bland, and just doesn't taste as wonderful! Hope you are on some wonderful vacation!! :)

  1. Date: 7/1/2010 10:40:00 PM
    Hey, Rueben, Where art thou, fine poet? Hope to see you soon. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 6/29/2010 10:36:00 AM
    Reading your work is always a pleasure, Ruben. You make me think! You make me laugh! I love this too! One of the best! No need to wish you luck, Master Poet! Thanks for the comments on my "Amazing Africa"! Peace, love, Audrey

  1. Date: 6/28/2010 9:03:00 AM
    I'm reading this gem again,it deserves a fav,my spanish teacher :)tmfvs.and hey come back and write vuszz :).Cuchi

  1. Date: 6/26/2010 1:58:00 PM
    Wow! Ruben this is a wonderful write,, i to find my self being deprived from sleep,,,not for the reasons you have in your poemm maybe ufo's,,,lol,,this is a wonderful poem of reality,..p.d.

  1. Date: 6/26/2010 11:56:00 AM
    Ruben,You did a great job here. .magnificent!C

  1. Date: 6/26/2010 10:37:00 AM
    Wowie Zowie, Ruben. You took this contest to a whole new level. I felt the intensity in the last verse, but also got a chuckle thinking of cellulite forming "lunar craters" in Rosie's thighs. Excellent! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 6/26/2010 8:03:00 AM
    almost a dire straits concerts it self ruben outstanding job and play on words here wish ya best of luck in this contest this one was hard but fun one to do keep on rocking this town

  1. Date: 6/26/2010 4:39:00 AM
    Ruben, this is pretty terrific. What a mixed bag of words and phrases one had to write about, and you have capture it with aplomb. Have a wonderful weekend >> James

  1. Date: 6/25/2010 9:36:00 PM
    thanks, Rueben. That is the one I'll use then. I am so stupid. Just now I came back to Soup from hotmail in response to seeing that last comment from you pop up in my hotmail. I responded to YOU in my own box above your comment. hahaha thinking I was in YOUR box. Good grief. It's time for me to sleep......

  1. Date: 6/25/2010 9:22:00 PM
    soupmail really fast

  1. Date: 6/25/2010 8:52:00 PM
    Rueben, I did not dare attempt a challenge with those kinds of words. But look how amazingly well you did. I say it's because you are a free verse writer and this kind of thing is right up your alley. VERY well done in meeting her challenge. Rueben, I picked the sijo on the new baby to use for her contest. Did I decide wrong? luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 6/25/2010 7:30:00 PM
    Ruben, you took those 'key-words' and wrote yourself something very fresh and powerful here! I am most impressed with this entry! Chris.

  1. Date: 6/25/2010 6:53:00 PM
    There is one typo, Bob, in the line( to kills the germs that cause bad words. seems to be a winner. enjoyed it.

  1. Date: 6/25/2010 5:48:00 PM
    ....and ps....I'm just lucky this last contest didn't make me eliminate any vowels!!! Without your help..................I'm.........lossssssst!!! How many times?....and still I missed them!!! LOL!!! Thank you again, dear Ruben!!!