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A Hundred Words

I met you on a Sunday and by Tuesday I knew your name
but nothing else.

I'm fearless. Are you?
I will tell you anything and everything about me. Only ask. You don't.

My Plan B involves asking. 
You give brief details about your hometown and what life was like when you were young.
Things that might seem meaningless to you, offer clues to your true identity.

“I am a man without labels,” you once admitted. I nodded – I know exactly what you meant.

Your need to run exceeds your need to stay.
Walk down a block or two and find another woman who doesn't care about your name,
who doesn't want to know you – did you give her a tip?

I don't want your life story – tell me who you are in a hundred words or less.
Sum up your existence. You have 3 minutes. Start.

I agree to count your words so you begin:

“I am a poet. Any question about money has just been answered.
I love people – men by day, business suits and strong handshakes,
and women by night. I am a taker, not a giver.”

You continue.
“I saw a flower once, more lovely than any woman, now or ever.
The color left me breathless. And as it opened up I realized this is true beauty.
But it won't endure.
By tomorrow the petals
will be brown and limp.”

You have a shelf life of five days, tops,
and you are thirty words shy of a hundred.

You're not my type.
I'm moving on.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2016

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Date: 7/31/2016 12:37:00 PM
this is great, I read it twice. good work.
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Jennifer Schroeder
Date: 8/1/2016 12:08:00 PM
Thank you kindly, Sam.
Date: 7/27/2016 10:04:00 PM
Jennifer,, Welcome to Poetry soup, I hope you enjoy the community. Here, you will find friendly poets who enjoy supporting one another. I myself, enjoy reading and commenting those who want to be read. The only time I give constructive criticism is when a poet desires it. However, if for some reason the poem is not my field I will guide you to someone who is more qualified than I. Stop by and read one of my poems if you like. My poems are not perfect, but I have a feeling you might like one. I encourage you to check out the contest page and read to receive comments. Tell me a little about your poetic skills if you like. It will be my pleasure to follow and read every poem you post from here on :) We are Lucky To Have you. Your New Poet Friend @-> LINDA <-@
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Jennifer Schroeder
Date: 7/28/2016 5:10:00 PM
Thank you, Linda, for such a nice welcome. I will greatly appreciate any feedback from you and I will certainly be reading your work. I will be posting more soon. I am 54 years old and have retired so I have some time to devote to writing. I wrote poetry as a teenager (loved Rod McKuen) and have been writing again in the past few years.
Date: 7/26/2016 1:55:00 PM
Jennifer, Welcome to Poetry Soup. It will be a delight to read and become familiar with your poems in the future. As for now, I will greet you with the same smile others passed when I first joined the soup. Wishing you and your poetry the best. I hope you get to meet all the nice poets around here STARTING with me- SKAT :) Drop a hello and tell me a little about yourself if you wish. I would like to be your newest poetry soup "FRIEND" Hugs **YNR - SKAT**
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