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Old 07-19-2017, 03:44 PM
Roger Slater Roger Slater is offline
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Here's one that I didn't write, but was workshopped here some years ago. I think it's one of the best poems ever to be posted at Eratosphere, and it's a happy one. It's online at First Things as well.


FLIPSIDE
by Rose Kelleher

For joy like this, the only words I know
Iíve had to borrow from the other side:
knocked out, steamrollered, damn, I almost died,
familiar phrases for some crushing blow
that brings you to your knees. Iíve been laid low
by love, ground into dust by heavenís wheels.
Funny how much like this rock bottom feels,
the tears, the weakness, and the letting go.

My blessing: May you, in your turn, break down
and lose your marbles. May you fall apart,
be smashed to smithereens and blown away,
scattered in all directions. May you drown.
May happiness make mincemeat of your heart;
and helpless, may you wring your hands and pray.
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