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I Always Will...Rodger

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I Always Will...Rodger

Such an interesting color, Rodger -
Green - like our mysterious calico eyes?
Yes?

You?
An idiot savant submits
into me - a blooming
garden of emerald delights? Like our
first encounter - regulated and raw (green).
Drawing our hunter-hued
curtains closed and tittering
in kelly green giggles;
until formidable patriarchs
silenced our chartreused lips
into a tongue-tied, 
sign-languaged stupor.
See them, Rodger?
The lovers, the leprechauns and the liars. 
See us? Inexperienced (green)
Grasping irregular four-leafed clovers 
possessing obsolete magic.
Jaded were the lucky shamrocks
we clutched.

Me?
Well - tickle and curiously cuddle -
the liar.
Crow and envy (green)
the algae-covered bastard!
One who endeavors to smell like
scented mint tea bags;
enviable for the general public -
hardly odiferous enough to 
stain viridian dejected eyes 
into a sculpted misunderstanding.
Our edacitious folding 
exhaled like the script I wrote.

Like dumbed-money (green)
or infantile idiotisms?
Like relationships that snap - 
like crisp Romaine lettuce
or fresh Tuscan peppers;
fractured within the claws 
of the dumb-founded?
Servile flattery - a riff
you oft times sang yourself
to relinquish the untrained phobic serfs
into hiding? Like us?
Convulsing and caressing,
with meteors in our pockets,
you then tenderly (green) 
shattered inside me.

You died last year, Rodger.
In January 2008, 
does a St. Patrick's Day aura count as a color?
Swimming naked
in the pea-souped Chicago River.
Your willowed eyes.
My pining heart?
Funny, as a poet -
much as a pundit may try 
to patiently maintain supple 
security - can a budding man
spill enough tears
for the someone he thought
was a saged (green) veteran?
One who would stay?
Why is that?
Why did I think that, Rodger?
Callowed and unripe, (green) surely, was I.

Rodger, (green) apple of my eye
don't fret - unseasoned and recent -
I loved you.
Stunned, stammering and sprouting (green)
I wrote this poem for you.
I never pen peacock pretentious. But -
you'll never see this ode...will you, Rodger?
Rich in my 
lost memories 
of you.
So immature -
when Pandora's pliable (green)
tongue swallowed my
common stupidity
into an unpolished,
burgeoned travesty.
I now weep amongst the shamrocks.

Rodger?
You were such the innocent novice then.
(green).

Look who's the infantile idiot now.


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  1. Date: 7/16/2010 11:12:00 AM
    Congratulations John on your win in Catie Lindsey's contest "Free Verse". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/15/2010 1:29:00 PM
    Superb!!!!!! What more can one say???? :)

  1. Date: 7/15/2010 9:49:00 AM
    What a great poem, John! Congratulations on your win in Catie's contest. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 7/15/2010 9:36:00 AM
    that was just wonderful, congrats on your win

  1. Date: 2/4/2009 12:55:00 PM
    Bravo, John this is an incredible write the imagery, tone, and flow of its figurative language indeed held my attention from beginning to end. I thank you for sharing the read my friend. God's Love, Peace and Joyous Blessings, Always, Adell

  1. Date: 1/28/2009 1:05:00 PM
    You have really got this awesome advertising campaign going with the comments here. Loved this deep poetry of so many worlds and wonders beyound my amaginations, this is really a great piece of poetry, and thank you for your honesty about my poem.

  1. Date: 1/26/2009 11:23:00 PM
    Really well written and moving. So many beautiful allusions to green and all that conjures up for you and for us.

  1. Date: 1/26/2009 10:53:00 AM
    An outstanding write, John! The imagery and metaphors make for an extremely visual piece; one that feels delicately painted by your beautiful heart. If angels may speak with angels, I'm sure that "Rodger" has had the chance to read this splendid write. Wishing you and yours the best! God's blessings..Mikki

  1. Date: 1/26/2009 5:30:00 AM
    What I get from this poem, John, is that, after all, in retrospect, and especially on the death of a great, good friend, we are so green in experience and shall always remain so, being simply human. I've studied this for a few days. If my interpretation is wrong please inform me. I'm so thick! Great write, and thanks for your attention to Brother Bill. daver

  1. Date: 1/25/2009 9:47:00 PM
    congratulations Sir John on your win. i'm not surprise anyway. never have your poems fail me. with much respect and adoration, GiNo

  1. Date: 1/24/2009 4:41:00 AM
    This was strange, enjoyable, original and all the other qualities that would only come from a talented writer. Good luck in the contest. Vince

  1. Date: 1/23/2009 5:36:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win.. this is an outstanding poem.. I liked mine but I guess no one else did.. lol.. Constance

  1. Date: 1/23/2009 12:07:00 PM
    You should be getting LOADS of green for your superb creativity, choice of word and write. Congrats my friend. Also, thanxs for comments and hope your visiting my site! Peace, Jaime

  1. Date: 1/23/2009 12:03:00 PM
    Thanks for your MOST welcome comment!:) I never tire of YOUR brilliant mind--genius mind....you are so deeply intense and dynamic and for me, all your work sends me rumaging around, like I'm in the candystore or something, looking for the prized possession! I always find it. Peace and hugs, Sara:)

  1. Date: 1/23/2009 4:19:00 AM
    Congratulations, John, on your superb WIN in Kristin's delightful contest.

  1. Date: 1/23/2009 2:10:00 AM
    Hi John... a well deserved win ! Great writing ! Congratulations !

  1. Date: 1/22/2009 3:23:00 PM
    Coongratulations on your first place win, dear John. Rightfully so. A TRUE MASTERPIECE of writing. Love, lainie

  1. Date: 1/22/2009 10:27:00 AM
    Well deserved win John..I just love this one. BG

  1. Date: 1/22/2009 8:48:00 AM
    Congratulations, John on your well deserved 1st place win for this awesome write!

  1. Date: 1/22/2009 7:40:00 AM
    John congratulations on your win - A great poem - You are such a great poet - God Bless, MJ

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