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I cried the first time I listened to the words
whispered    shouted    snapping about 
like flags in a brisk wind     Words being shot 
from open pink mouths in a staccato hail of bullets 
slamming into my barriers     Hairline cracks appearing 
in my armor like spider webs meandering across 
a bug splattered windshield
I cried    even though I was not sure why

Who would have thought there was so much ammunition
being ratcheted from dry throats to be chambered
in mouths    spewing forth in a fusillade of fire
So much raw emotion housed inside ordinary people  

I found life    
emotion    feelings running rampant
bouncing off brick walls
echoing in my sluggish soul
wakening banked embers of a life 

I remember this thing called poetry
it danced through the dreams of my youth
brought hesitantly to its feet when I read
Resume by Dorothy Parker

I dreamed that I could put words onto paper 
and evoke emotion in another person
I dreamed and I played with the words
my new best friends    and drank Orange Crush 
spilling it on my early attempts    
giving them the appearance of measles erupting 
from the white parchment of youthful skin

But the words proved to be too much for me
		too much me
Emotions I did not know I had locked inside me
Fear flowing unchecked in dark splotches
Sorrow ripping the page with blunt forceful strokes 
of the pen     I tried to use a pencil but the feelings 
inside me were too strong to be erased so easily
Now the silence of my soul has been illuminated 
by the sun the poets hold in their hands
I could have ignored soft moonlight ripples 
across my mind    but this sun snakes its way 
into every crevice    finding my imps and demons 
standing mutely shadowed in gray

The homeless beggars on my street of lost memories
are rising up with pen in hand    refusing 
to be slapped into silent submission any longer

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  1. Date: 11/23/2013 9:23:00 AM

    I enjoyed rereading this one. I hope you have a great weekend Monterey.

  1. Date: 9/3/2013 9:41:00 PM

    Beautiful! That brought me a smile. :o) Thank you for stopping bye.

  1. Date: 8/14/2013 7:18:00 AM

    Good morning Montery, so appreciated your visits again. Please let me know when you post a poem, I would love to read more of your work.

  1. Date: 8/14/2013 5:45:00 AM

    - Really well written, Monterey .... yes, it is a: "Wooooow!" poem !! - Have a nice day! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 8/11/2013 7:47:00 AM

    Good morning Monterey, I am so touched that you took the time to read and comment on so many of my poems. That means a lot to me. Thanks so much. Enjoy your Sunday.

  1. Date: 8/10/2013 11:29:00 AM

    Wow!!!!!!!!!!! You are one of the better poets on this site which is pretty impressive because there's alot good poets on this site. I love this poem poet.

  1. Date: 8/4/2013 7:01:00 AM

    soup mail, and try not to spill the soup lol xxx

  1. Date: 8/2/2013 8:09:00 AM

    Only SOME of my words were angry birds. hahaha. None of the blue birds were!!! Thanks for seeing that silly poem I wrote. Wish I'd come up with something funnier. Let me go find one of yours I have not seen yet!

  1. Date: 7/31/2013 8:11:00 PM

    I let out my breath at the end of this poem to find that I had been holding it all along, and was too stunned to comment for 10 seconds...This is a shockingly magnificent, powerful poem! You truly showed yourself and your onslaught of inner feelings...I am faving this, thanks for the amazing read! :)

  1. Date: 7/31/2013 5:10:00 PM

    Now this was superb!

  1. Date: 7/31/2013 2:06:00 PM

    You are without a doubt one of the finest talents at Poetry Soup. This poem illustrates why!

  1. Date: 7/31/2013 11:04:00 AM

    Very well done and it brings out emotions not thought about in awhile. thanks for visiting my poetry and your nice comment

  1. Date: 7/31/2013 9:37:00 AM

    WOW... magnificent use of metaphor with stunning choreography... eloquent,powerful going in my faves :)

  1. Date: 7/31/2013 9:25:00 AM

    an impressionable write that leaves you in tears not knowing why is a very powerful feeling and gift, to experience it is a sign of heart and connection, such a lovely write of your experience, much caring thoughts for you, ~always, Linda

  1. Date: 7/31/2013 8:12:00 AM

    Thanks for all your comments this morning, greatly appreciated.

  1. Date: 7/31/2013 8:03:00 AM

    Great use of metaphors, wow you covered it all, excellent write my friend,so many lines stand out well done, have a blessed day, sueellen

  1. Date: 7/31/2013 7:52:00 AM

    My Lord Jesus and Mary! Monterey, I fav you this bright morning, you have shown us your innards, and I kiss each inch of them sweet beautiful woman. Thanks for the gulping tears, you tore away at me defense, shame on you, through blurry eyes I write this, That's My Girl, stars in heaven can not out do you this moment in my mind, love you most dearly, always, your Rose for as long as you shall keep me, pressed on your heart, xxx

  1. Date: 7/31/2013 7:52:00 AM

    soup mail

  1. Date: 7/29/2013 7:24:00 PM

    You capture so much in this one. Loved reading your words today and running with the emotions. SuZ

  1. Date: 7/29/2013 4:38:00 PM

    Now this is why you are one of my favorite poets, this is beyond exceptional. I love this on so many levels, the connection with past present and future. The imagery is stunning and I felt conected with all the layers, I could also taste the orange crush. Well Done Monterey!

  1. Date: 7/28/2013 1:26:00 PM

    Well first I want to say what, wow, oh my god I love what this poet is saying love the conversation very good poetry written poet

  1. Date: 7/28/2013 10:58:00 AM

    an enjambment that crusies along the experimental lane, yet when taken as a whole, you deliver.. grea metaphors abound, love;y!..:) huggs

  1. Date: 7/28/2013 8:09:00 AM

    Hi Monterey! :) To me...just me... this is almost like two separate poems, one speaking of the 'spoken word' the other being the therapeutic value in writing poetry. I would have liked to see you stay with the first subject, bring it to a closing, and then move on to the second poem. Do you see what I'm saying? All and all, I really enjoyed your poem this morning. hugs, Catie :)

  1. Date: 7/28/2013 7:55:00 AM

    First off, your name is AWESOME! Secondly, what a fierce message here! I love the last stanza...a day where the rejected took a stand. Great to meet you and excellently described emotions!