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spacer.gif   Kate Cullan
Posted by : cj on Friday, December 03, 2004 - 03:42 PM
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   The boy said to me,
"Why can't you just be?
Your existence is lovely
but your presence offends."
" Why can't you be lovely?
Why can't you be yourself?
Why can't you love yourself?"
Then, he pulled my hair, bit my neck
and flirted with every other woman
in the room.
He wonders where my anger comes from.
He treats me like a consolation prize
and he wonders where my anger comes from. He's lucky I don't own a gun.
The boy said to me
"Your mind has burned down.
Your thoughts are ashes on the ground."
But he is wrong.
My mind is alive and..
well
Well, Im thinking, anyway.
My mind is alive and well
but
My house of faith is boarded shut.
The boy said to me,
"Why can't you just be?
Why can't you just be yourself
by yourself ?
The world can't tolerate your agony.
Why can't you just be?"



Tom Manning


Where are you now, Tom Manning ?
20-15-13 13-1-14-14-9-14-7
That was your name in the cryptic Sixth Grade
alpha numeric code I had all over my notebook

So I mistook a "Hi Sweetie" and a pat on the head for a marriage proposal I was eleven!!!
Eleven year old girls do those things
I still do those things
I hear nowadays eleven year old girls are out having sex

Where are you now Tom Manning?
20-15-13- 13-1-14-14-9-14-7
Your were the first of many unattainable boys
who would bequeath me to the lowest bidder
You were the Senior bad boy who allegedly got
expelled from Catholic School for hiding TJ Swan
wine and pot in the restrooms
How ironic it is that I drink cheap wine and smoke
pot to drop out of your zip code ego
and flush away those unattainable boys

The gay boys
The married boys
The Hollywood Hottie, do'wanna know my name boys
And my favorites the gay, married, Hollywood Hottie
do'wanna know my name boys from Planet Neptune.

Where are you now, Tom Manning?
20-15-13- 13-1-14-14-9-14-7
You are the reason I hate math and basketball
Thanks to you a normal life will never be a big enough payoff
These days, my notebook etchings are open to the public
I'd rather you hear them from me than from the principal

Where are you now Tom Manning?
20-25-13- 13-1-14-14-9-14-7
Do you have any daughters?
When they come home with skinned hearts and bruised egos
Do you tell them about me ?


Twisted Princess

Sometimes I feel as regal as a pepperoni pizza
Or a bowl of grits that sits in your belly To whet the appetite
After a night of drinking hard liquor

It's my big heart you crave--my there-ness
And I want to spit daggers at you because
My mother didn't put curlers in my hair when I was 5

I am her 4th daughter. My cosmic purpose in life was to lose a battle with Scarlet Fever so my older sister could Write a gut wrenching novel about my ordeal. Perhaps the same there-ness that kills Scarlet Fever cells Also killed your affection for me

In my fantasy, I'm a twisted porcelain princess
I bask in a fishbowl and read Shakespeare
sonnets While Pygmies paint my toenails
And you love me on purpose

It's just a silly fantasy
In the morning, I wake up.
The porcelain cracks,
The Pygmies go on strike
And I am there
A twisted princess
Basking in her there-ness


 
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