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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I Flunked The Solipsism Final [Today's News Poem, November 30, 2010]

I Flunked The Solipsism Final [Today's News Poem, November 30, 2010]

I almost jumped the dorm to prove my body's form
Was weaker than conviction.
I screamed at vodka swirls—a room of flirty girls.
I tried to teach them solipsism
Was more than acid trips or subtle bait for lips.
I'd die a virgin king like Jesus Christos
And scare them off the booze forever, while I'd lose
The life I swore I would destroy to prove the theory:
Nothing's real but mind itself. And life? Unkind
And dream, with spirits feigning human feeling.
Stronger than a will to live, I jumped the sill.
"I want to die," I kept repeating.
Angels never look at those they've cursed with books
And never stay the slaughter.
Those daughters wanted husbands, not a man:
They left me where I'd surely leap my faith
To death to prove exactly nothingness.
You pulled me off the fourth floor precipice
And wiped the vomit off my face—you used your shirt.
"I want to die," I kept repeating. "So do I,"
You said, "but don't."

"A student armed with a handgun held 23 other students and a teacher hostage for several hours on Monday before shooting himself at a high school in Marinette, Wis., which borders the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the authorities said."
—MONICA DAVEY, The New York Times, November 29, 2010
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/30/us/30hostage.html




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7 comments:

Steven Marty Grant said...

I am loving this staccato tempo and syncopated rhyme scheme. This is another gem for both content and form; well done Sir!

dustus said...

When life can't seem to escape thought...had me considering conceptual construction, tragic projections in feeling one cannot escape the loops of thought tied to what may not be there (external to one's self)and wanting to destroy the container. Interesting how the proof of nothingness is "qualified" by death.

The news reference hits close to home.

Steve said...

Love the indelible images, great line breaks.

Especially love these lines: "Angels never look at those they've cursed with books
And never stay the slaughter."

Potent subject, work.

KB said...

It's hard to imagine why anyone would do such a thing. A tragic story.

DeLi said...

poignant

M G Reignier said...

Tough, topical, and intense. Examining work.

tuberider said...

This is great, definitely put me in the zone.