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FEINT OR FAINT

A FAINT SMELL

A FAINTING SPELL

DO YOU FEINT A FAINTING SPELL

Author's Notes/Comments: 

FEINT OR FAINT...I REMEMBER FAINTING IN CHURCH AS A KID IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH WHEN THEY WOULD DO THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS AND IT WAS HOT IN THERE AND CROWDED AND I HAD MY COAT ON AND THE INCENSE SMELL WAS OBNOXIOUSLY STRONG. IT FELT HARD TO BREATHE LIKE I COULDN'T GET ANY FRESH AIR...THEN FEELING DIZZY AND FINALLY COLLAPSING...SCARY STUFF...HAVE YOU EVER FAINTED...WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER ABOUT IT...NOT VERY FUN IS IT...SCARY STUFF... DO YOU EVER GET PANIC ATTACKS OUT OF THE BLUE ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU FEEL LIKE YOU FORGOT HOW TO BREATHE SO YOU HYPERVENTILATE AND CAN'T SEEM TO CATCH YOUR BREATH......THAT IS PRETTY SCARY TOO...OR FEELING CLAUSTROPHOBIC...I REMEMBER BEING IN A CROWD AT CHICAGO FEST FOR A JOURNEY CONCERT. IT WAS VERY HOT AND SO CROWDED AND PEOPLE WERE PUSHING THEIR WAY INTO THE CONCERT AND KNOCKED DOWN A FENCE. THE ENTIRE TIME I WAS TRYING TO PUSH MY WAY OUT OF THERE GOING AGAINST THE CROWD...TALK ABOUT CLAUSTROPHOBIC...TALK ABOUT PANIC ATTACKS...GEEZ...I HATE BEING IN CROWDS NOW...I DON'T EVER WANT TO RELIVE THAT FEELING...FUNNY SUCH A SHORT POEM CONJURES UP SO MANY MEMORIES...NOT GOOD ONES...

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OVERTHINKING DRIVES YOU NUTS

WE PICK AND CHOOSE

WE WIN OR LOSE

WE GET CONFUSED

WE ARE AMUSED

 

THE CHOICE WE MAKE

THE CHANCE WE TAKE

WE MAKE MISTAKES

IT'S NOT TOO LATE                                                                                                                                                  

 

OVERTHINKING DRIVES YOU NUTS

IT IS SO PREPOSTEROUS

 

YOU THINK TOO MUCH

YOU'RE OUT OF TOUCH

YOU NEED A NUDGE

YOU BE THE JUDGE

 

OVERTHINKING DRIVES YOU NUTS

IT IS SO PREPOSTEROUS   

 

I WRITE THIS SONG

YOU SING ALONG

WE ALL BELONG

THERE'S NOTHING WRONG

 

OVERSINGING DRIVES YOU NUTS

IT IS SO PREPOSTEROUS  

 

THE TUNE IS STUCK

WE RUN AMUCK

WHO GIVES A FUCK

IT DOESN'T SUCK

 

OVERSINGING DRIVES YOU NUTS

IT IS SO PREPOSTEROUS

 

OVERTHINKING DRIVES YOU NUTS

IT IS SO PREPOSTEROUS

Author's Notes/Comments: 

I MIGHT DITCH THE LAST VERSE CUZ I DON'T USUALLY SWEAR. TOO MUCH SOAP IN MY MOUTH IN MY YOUNGER DAZE LEAVES A BAD TASTE IN MY MOUTH IN MY HEAD...I CAN'T EVEN REMEMBER WHAT THE OFFENDING WORDS WERE I GOT THAT FOR CUZ I KNEW BETTER THAN TO SWEAR. IT ALWAYS AMUSES ME THINKING ABOUT WHAT IS A GOOD WORD AND WHAT IS A BAD WORD...LIKE WHO MADE THOSE RULES AND WHY DO WE STICK TO THEM...ANYWAYS JUST GOT UP AND WROTE THIS WITH A TUNE STUCK IN MY HEAD...SO MORE LYRICS THAN POETRY...IT IS WHAT IT IS...

MOTORCYCLES SIRENS AND BIRDS NIGHT SOUNDS

TIME APPROXIMATELY  ELEVEN TWENTY P.M. PLACE CHICAGO THURSDAY NIGHT JULY TWENTY EIGHT...FIRST THE LOUD SOUND OF A WHOLE BUNCH  OF MOTORCYCLES DRIVING FAST WENT ON AND ON AND SEEMED LIKE A NEVER ENDING AMOUNT OF THEM THEN AN EVER SO SLIGHT PAUSE THEN A BUNCH OF SIRENS SCREECHING THEN A WHOLE BUNCH OF BIRDS SQUACKING SOUNDED LIKE SEAGULLS THEN SILENCE...ALL I COULD THINK WAS I SHOULD HAVE BEEN RECORDING THESE SOUNDS ON MY DIGITAL RECORDER...IT WAS LIKE THE SOUNDTRACK OF A MOVIE OR SOMETHING...SURREAL...I HAD A BUNCH OF WINDOWS OPEN AND DECIDED TO CLOSE THEM JUST INCASE THERE WAS A REPEAT PERFORMANCE...SURREAL...

Author's Notes/Comments: 

THIS JUST HAPPENED...

DON'T DO IT

DON'T DO IT

YOU KNOW WHAT

DON'T DO IT

DON'T GIVE UP

Author's Notes/Comments: 

FOR WHOM IT MAY CONCERN. HOPE THIS MESSAGE REACHES YOU.

ESCAPING

HOW DO YOU ESCAPE

DO YOU MEDITATE

DO YOU LIKE TO READ

WHAT IS IT YOU NEED

DO YOU WATCH MOVIES

OR MAYBE TV

DOES MUSIC WORK FOR YOU

WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO

 

WHAT ARE WE ESCAPING FROM

IS REAL LIFE SO HUM DRUM

WHY ARE WE SO UNAWARE

WE MISS MOMENTS HERE AND THERE    

ESCAPING SEEMS THE THING TO DO

THINK ABOUT WHY THAT IS TRUE

Author's Notes/Comments: 

SAW A WRITERS DIGEST POETRY PROMPT TO WRITE AN ESCAPE POEM. THIS IS WHAT CAME TO MIND. SEEMS WE ALL ESCAPE IN DIFFERENT WAYS  BUT ALL OF US FEEL THE NEED TO DO IT. I KNOW SOME USE DRUGS OR ALCOHOL BUT CHOSE TO LEAVE THAT OUT OF MY POEM...THE UNDERLYING QUESTION IS WHY WE ALL SEEM TO HAVE THE NEED TO ESCAPE IN SOME WAY EVERYDAY...WEIRD PHENOMENON...WORTH EXPLORING.

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GIVING AND TAKING ADVICE

ARE YOU GOOD AT GIVING ADVICE

BUT NOT SO GOOD AT TAKING IT

EVEN IF IT'S YOUR OWN ADVICE

WHY DO YOU THINK THAT'S TRUE

IF IT APPLIES TO YOU

Author's Notes/Comments: 

EASIER SAID THAN DONE I SUPPOSE

A KANGAROO COURT

A KANGAROO COURT

WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING

SEEM TO DISTORT

VALUES I'M HOLDING

Author's Notes/Comments: 

I WAS WATCHING PUBLIC ENEMIES AND SOMEBODY MENTIONED A KANGAROO COURT...THEN I THOUGHT OF WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING...WHY SO MANY NEGATIVE TERMS REFERRING TO ANIMALS...IT GIVES THEM A BAD RAP...I LOVE ANIMALS AND THINK THEY SHOULD BE SHOWN MORE RESPECT... 

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PRETTY RANDOM

GUESS I'M PRETTY RANDOM

WHAT ELSE CAN I SAY

TAKE THIS THOUGHT IN TANDEM

WITH THIS RHYME TODAY

Author's Notes/Comments: 

A RANDOM THOUGHT...I REMEMBER ONCE SOMEONE MADE A COMMENT ABOUT SOMETHING BEING PEDESTRIAN AND A SOMETIMES SMART ALECK ME SAID...HOW DID YOU KNOW I AM A PEDESTRIAN...I WALK EVERYWHERE...ARE YOU PSYCHIC OR WHAT...THEY DIDN'T THINK THAT WAS FUNNY BUT I THOUGHT IT WAS HILARIOUS...WHAT MADE ME RANDOMLY THINK OF THAT I HAVE NO IDEA...THAT IS JUST HOW RANDOM I CAN BE...

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SPACE CADETS BEWARE

EVER CAUGHT YOURSELF UNAWARE

YOU CAN'T WALK THROUGH THINGS THAT ARE THERE

I HAVE FOUND A SLOWER PACE

HELPS INCORPORATE THE SPACE

BEST NOT TRY WALK THROUGH IN HASTE

I HAVE FOUND THIS IS THE CASE

SPACE CADETS BEWARE

YOU'RE NOT MADE OF AIR

Author's Notes/Comments: 

SOMETIMES WALK INTO THINGS ASSUMING I WILL JUST PASS THROUGH THEM FOR SOME ODD REASON...I CAN BE A SPACE CADET AT TIMES. I REMEMBER I USED TO HAVE A PIN THAT SAID JUST VISITING THIS PLANET. IT IS PROBABLY STILL AROUND HERE SOMEWHERE...I LOVED MORK N MINDY AND USED TO SAY I WAS FROM A NEIGHBORING PLANET OF ORK...I REMEMBER ON MY MOVIE THEATER NAME TAG I PUT PAM ANN LIKE PAN AM AIRWAYS FOR BEING A SPACE CADET...YOU DON'T HEAR THAT TERM THESE DAYS...ANYWAYS...TREAD SLOWLY AND FOCUS MY FELLOW SPACE CADETS OUT THERE...

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