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Self Knowledge in the Aftermath

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Self Knowledge in the Aftermath

I remember now. Something was heavy, a winged
dragon that refused to fly from my chest
My eyes were secret mirrors, or a doomsday judge.
I remember morning as a flighty horse,
or like a new school year,
that first careful sentence written on a page.
Time became a sequel. Roads were rootless trees
racing by - Fog an x-ray – the night, annoying as a fly.
I had a misconception and her assumptions followed 
every stray dog. I quivered hollow with a frantic yellow zest.
I ate from a dish of nutmeg.
I woke to the sound of dying frogs, impossible spiders
trapping rainbows in their webs, the nebulous orbit
of knick knacks in the room, my reach
too small for a mother’s heart.
Her seeds had such an element of surprise, her 
plum lipstick, the zing of frayed nerves
she mocked death with a cup of sunshine
she kept an artist’s palette - adding
color to existence
Too late, the impossible demand on angels
Each bitter thought the baroque decomposing
of an empty optimism
My keyless lock - emotion

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  1. Date: 6/3/2013 1:55:00 PM
    This was fun ;You brought so many images come to life Suzanne.You have a wonderfilled mind. Happy daya and love

  1. Date: 4/21/2013 9:35:00 PM
    It is the aftermath that sings--of tragedy and peace, When it rings in our ears, the spoils are ours, and we need them as much as we need water and air. And it is never too late.

    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney
    Date: 4/21/2013 10:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

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  1. Date: 4/21/2013 11:51:00 AM
    nicely done with all those metaphors,, I like mocked death with sunshine. you have a great day Sue ;}

  1. Date: 4/18/2013 1:41:00 PM
    Hello Suzanne, I don't know much about battling addictions. this is a a deep poem, of letting go of the beauty that lies within. I read the poem about 3 times. the image of welcoming death was not in mind. a very intriguing write. I will read the poem one more time before I move on over to the next. I'm sending soup-mail....xox~ Linda

  1. Date: 4/16/2013 10:04:00 PM
    Dear P,S-N, SuZ, I am Awed. The vivid Imagery so clever and keen as if watching YOUR POEM on the Movies Silver Screen.So much POETRY Knowledge from YOU, I gleen.YOUR Quill writes each stanza like the first Act of the new Scene. " Xegrakio " a word I just made up meaning Better then the Best. Usually a POETESS Teaching Laureatus POETS to write beyond their Dream. I LOVE YOU ALWAYS and FOREVER YOUR (Honor to Know YOU) Liege...Harry

    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney
    Date: 4/16/2013 10:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Dear Harry: It is always so special to have a visit from you. I love your new word and feel so honored. Your S- N and P SuZ
  1. Date: 4/16/2013 9:17:00 PM
    Dear P,S-N, SUZ, Since my last comment on YOUR POETRY I have been rummaging through the dictionary,thesaurus(spelling), POEMS of the Masters ( I thought I saw YOUR POEMS there) trying to find words to describe YOUR Elegance.YOU do POETRY an Honor just touching YOUR Quill. I am sorry I am uneducated in the English Language.It probably sounds like I am Perfuming my comments to gain YOUR respect.My words are from my Heart.I LOVE YOU ALWAYS and FOREVER YOUR Liege...Harry

  1. Date: 4/15/2013 12:53:00 PM
    I am absolutely stunned by this...'she mocked death with a cup of sunshine'...'I quivered hollow with a frantic yellow zest'...Oh how I can identify - Tim

  1. Date: 4/15/2013 9:47:00 AM
    l particularly like the last line. Wishing you the best.

  1. Date: 4/15/2013 12:26:00 AM
    Suz, a miracle of metaphors expressed in exquisite rhetoric like no one but you can. A really impressive poem for thought.

  1. Date: 4/14/2013 10:15:00 PM
    I've helped loved ones try to battle addiction. It is rough to say the least. The metaphors in this poem are great! Yes, the metaphors help shape this poem beyond just another cloned version of the same-old, same-old. Well done.

    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner
    Date: 4/14/2013 11:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Intriguing. I might have let the title, the specific theme surrounding the title, alter my interpretation of this poem. Regardless, the metaphors are strong. I stand by my initial comment.
    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney
    Date: 4/14/2013 11:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Chris: I changed the title for the Contest requirement. The original was "Knowledge in the Aftermath. Thanks for reading.