Tag: nakedness


America First

The man in the White House
is building a wall,
closing our borders,
putting America First.

I am putting myself first.
I declare independence.
Among my people
I carve out
my place. Mine.
My land, my time, my art,
my opinion, my religion,
my boundaries.
These are my LEGOs
and …
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Foxwalk

This hippie homesteader
I saw on a DVD
keeps some woods
on the edge of his farm
partly for hunting and foraging
but mostly—mostly he steps
out toes first, foxlike,
to his sitting spot
where he cups his hands around his ears
and waits for the wilderness
to relax …
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Gripped

At church camp they warned us
about sex, drugs, alcohol,
naked women, bad company,
science, other religions,
pants worn too low,
and secular music: Satan's tools
for luring us out of church
and into the world's grip.
The irony is, church gave me my first hit
of the drug that's …
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Humans

The first time I ever kissed a girl
on a couch, what struck me
most was not elation or desire
but the abrupt realization
that other human beings have mass
and fluids and upper lip hair
and probably feelings.
I was not a hot air balloon
drifting to cloud nine …
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What Martyrdom Means to Me

"and when I heard that, a distant chime went off for me,
remembering a time when I believed
that I could simply live without it."

—Tony Hoagland, "What Narcissism Means to Me"

Oh, what a thrill to be juggled!
One touch and you're soaring. Up you go,
delirious, until the …
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Love and Reasons

"Only miserable people will tell you
that love has to be deserved."

—Tony Hoagland, "What Narcissism Means To Me"

Love refuses to be reason's pet, to sit obediently
tied to the causal chain of deservedness
and reasonableness: "Thus", "Therefore", "Because",
"In conclusion, those are the many considered
and appropriate reasons …
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