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18 September 2009 @ 01:27 pm
I Have News for You

There are people who do not see a broken playground swing
as a symbol of ruined childhood

and there are people who don't interpret the behavior
of a fly in a motel room as a mocking representation of their thought process.

There are people who don't walk past an empty swimming pool
and think about past pleasures irrecoverable

and then stand there blocking the sidewalk for other pedestrians.
I have read about a town somewhere in California where human beings

do not send their tuberous feeder roots
deep into the potting soil of others' emotional lives

as if they were greedy six-year-olds
sucking the last half inch of milkshake up through a noisy straw;

and other persons in the Midwest who can kiss without
unpacking the imperialist baggage of heterosexuality.

Do you see that creamy, lemon-yellow moon?
There are some people, unlike me and you,

who do not yearn after love or fame or quantities of money as
unattainable as that moon;

Thus, they do not later
have to waste more time
defaming the object of their former ardor.

Or consequently run and crucify themselves
in some solitary midnight Starbucks Golgotha.

I have news for you:
there are people who get up in the morning and cross a room

and open a window to let the sweet breeze in
and let it touch them all over their faces and bodies.

- Tony Hoagland
andrea jeansofullofsleep on September 18th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
I love this.
electric misfit love machineeyelid on September 18th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
I doubt there are in fact people like that. ;)

And if so, they have their own hangups, just different ones.
liquidmoonliqthemoon on September 19th, 2009 06:15 am (UTC)
Laura Is Radlauraisrad on September 20th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
really lovely. I'm going to look into more of his work now - thanks!