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Unable to Relate

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Unable to Relate

Unable to Relate

There he sits, across from me
Patiently peeling two eggs
Same lunch each day
Two eggs in between two slices of bread with muster, yogurt, apples, pear
Peculiar is he
Entertaining I must say
Laughter takes over
Reminiscent of the past, common experiences
Experiences not forgotten
He tells the story
Symmetry exposes two pierced nipples
Words he did not expect from a female student
Animated the table continues to recall the early years
More laughter
There I sit smiling, laughing
Unable to relate
A history shed through small “platicas”

Unable to relate
Watching the clock
Time seem far away
25 minutes, a long way to go 
Finished with my lunch
I sit and listen

Unable to relate
Questions begin to formulate
Memories, how important are they?
Memories, should the past be brought into the present, future?
Laughter, I cannot relate
Laughter, will I ever be this way?
Aging with everything fading away
No laughter my memories
Home taken way by mother nature
Picked on by those a like, bullied
Cast away, different from you, her, they
Innocence stolen by those who knew better	

Unable to relate
Laughter, reminiscent of the early years
Memories, how important are they?
Laughter, I cannot relate
Memories, dreams of another day
Forgotten by the new day
New experiences gone by dawn
Hunting with caution
No laughter my memories

Present marked by the past
Future scripted by the past
No laughing matter the memories
Naked from the waist down, there I lay on the fields
A neighbor’s friend
No explanation, blamed

Unable to relate
Laughter, I cannot relate
No laughter my memories
Body exposed to me
Act reserved for adults, mine at a young age
No stranger or neighbor’s friend; Cousin

Laughter, memories of fun times
No laughing matter the memories
Memories be gone with no return
25 minutes seem a long way to go
There he sits, enjoying the egg sandwich
Reminiscing with friends, colleagues
I sit and listen
Laughter, I cannot relate

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  1. Date: 10/19/2010 10:41:00 AM
    Very intriguing poem which causes me to ponder about many different things. The details and structure are fresh and unique. Most impressive~Chris

  1. Date: 10/19/2010 9:29:00 AM
    Interesting work..I am glad that I chose this one to read this afternoon..Sara