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-- after having written 500,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,002 poems

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-- after having written 500,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,002 poems

Eye understand the purging processsSsss,
the simplicity of catharsis -
heated caterwauls wailing in alleys
with porch lights shot through by moths of powdered blame, regret

and guilt. Continuously, I read the poems of others:

"Poor me! Poor, poor pathetic me,
my heart is going to wither away!
Because of YOU! Because of YOU!
I hate you now,
you spineless whore.
Why did you leave me shattered
upon the harsh surface of broken dreams?"

"Slam! Slam! Slam! I have a big gun, you'd better run!"

Japanese Whispers - "Lost in a forest           -           all alone."

"All together now, let's sing Kambojah."
__

Oh, I feel the pain, feel the nightmares
unfolding in the minds of others,
a clairvoyant, empathetic twister I am;
I don't wear a tin-foil helmet.

and the dreams, the beautiful dreams of light

The words fill me,
vowels and consonants bridge murkiness
with an astounding clarity.
Windows
into
even
the
most
simple moments touch me deeply.

Of smothered hope
rekindled hope
sunken coffins
bats and belfrys
rainbows arcing                --               introspection flowing across the nostalgia of 
porch-swings, dripping peaches, the scent of a newborn baby, the existentialism 
of bee-headed bishops, forbidden touches, slippery, secretive pantings.

After having written 500,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,002 poems,
I became tired of writing for/about myself in a certain way.
I lost my way,
desiring the vain-glory of spotlights,
far too entrenched in devices,
and the: I-am-so-cool-I-am-too-cool-to-be-warm-crowd.
Curdlings of avant-garde souring my morning coffee,
the hollow musings of lost souls reaching out of sugar-cubes,
reaching for something more
than their silly, inane routines of simply surviving. Simply surviving.
I understand.

I read poems
as gifts for my soul.
But for me, it isn't quite as easy to reciprocate,
for I am a rhombohedral, hexagonal ____________.

It was only after being able to reach deep inside myself,
pulling out a purity of intention,
to finally, finally write poems for another           -        as gifts
with no expectations or strings attached,
that I was able to give back,
to fully express how deeply the words have touched me all along....

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  1. Date: 7/23/2013 5:14:00 AM

    Rereading this gem..I love your honest voice Chris..Keep writing.

  1. Date: 10/3/2012 12:20:00 AM

    whoa.....rating....must....go......high....er than: 7,7thousandthousand i mussa beena countin sheep when i fount'im, i snuck into a luxury suite. Go**amn, triggaman WOW. tell me about the waters of your homeworld, muad' dib

  1. Date: 9/4/2012 1:25:00 PM

    I will never forget the first time I read this poem...how deeply the words touched me, still touch me...how easily the language can leave me, Beautiful!

  1. Date: 9/1/2012 7:16:00 AM

    Click on Member Area first!

  1. Date: 9/1/2012 7:10:00 AM

    About the comments..you can go to comment inbox or outbox to edit or delete!

    ML Avatar Scribe ML Date: 9/1/2012 7:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Click on member area first..
  1. Date: 8/30/2012 12:38:00 PM

    Yes, You're so f...g cool! : ) Mr. Aechtner, this is a gem! Terrific! The ending lines...just diamonds!

  1. Date: 8/29/2012 6:01:00 PM

    I don't know if I love your wit, or just your honesty. I'll figure it out. In the mean time, just keep burning! That critiquing stuff isn't for me, I just admire others work.

  1. Date: 8/29/2012 3:46:00 PM

    Chris---hope yur back, yur electricity is needed and this is an example of it---fun & talented write.--Craig

  1. Date: 8/29/2012 2:31:00 PM

    Is this one of those 2 poems at the end of the 500,000 plus. or is it number3? well i'm going to have to say it again, i enjoyed what i've just read. poor me poor poor pathetic me. i hope you are ****ing back for good!

    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 8/29/2012 2:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Harry J. Horsman, I love you like an older brother from another mother -- Rock & Roll~!
  1. Date: 8/29/2012 12:32:00 PM

    Lovely poem, Chris. hugs, catie :)

    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 8/29/2012 2:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Catie, thanks for commenting, even though you have already read this poem before.