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Moon

the moon is never
out of fashion

pregnant belly
curved blade
ladle bowl

pulling the ocean
& our own red seas
sparking darkest

lunacies ~ the moon
is never retro

- Sharon Brogan

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Spring Equinox 02005

Each morning I remind myself what day
this is, to place myself within the human
community. These calendars, these dates
are not real things, but merely human

impositions on the sun, the moon,
the stars, all of which follow their own paths
whether we name them or not. These weeks past
our blue earth's path is changed by its own

deep spasm. We walk along its surface
pretending not to notice that it can
dispose of us at a whim. It reclaims
us millimeter by millimeter, loose

flesh and slow bones, smoky dusks and brilliant
noons -- all sacrificial celebrants.

- Sharon Brogan

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Daddy Long Legs

Here, on fine long legs springy as steel,
a life rides, sealed in a small brown pill
that skims along over the basement floor
wrapped up in a simple obsession.
Eight legs reach out like the master ribs
of a web in which some thought is caught
dead center in its own small world,
a thought so far from the touch of things
that we can only guess at it. If mine,
it would be the secret dream
of walking alone across the floor of my life
with an easy grace, and with love enough
to live on at the center of myself.

- Ted Kooser

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Their Sex Life

One failure on
Top of another

- A.R. Ammons

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journals, diaries, notebooks, poems...

laying the mind out
on a white sheet
sometimes in modest bedclothes

sometimes naked
flabby and flatulent
sometimes in a dark shroud

look at it there
pennies on the eyes
breasts nuzzling the armpits

waiting to be washed

- Sharon Brogan

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chemical change, as it should be

I want to hold your hand,
my Michelle
and
Eleanor Rigby,
in a sea of green
in a yellow submarine
in strawberry fields forever
in a boat on a river
with tangerine trees
and marmalade skies
while I'm fixing a hole
where the rain gets in and
stops my mind from wandering
where it will go
from
Dear Prudence
to
mean Mr. Mustard
to
polyethylene Pam
who knew that
all you need is love,
and always
remembered
that in the end,
the love you take
is equal to
the love you make.

- John, Paul, George, Ringo, thc, and lsd....

Another fantastic combination of nouns.

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What creature really am I now?

In a week I tried to be almost like a goat;
Eating all leafy food.
And in a day, I tried to be like a vampire
Eating a half cook liver pork
I tried to become like those two creatures in one person

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Sunset

In afternoon, sun
becomes more precious, spare
near evening, as it falls
toward that spot, there

on the mountain. That far
spot, where trees thin
and shale shows through.

You can see the shape
of the world there
at the curving edge
of sky.

In the last moment
sagebrush burns
red. Then

stars. Pale
and countless
as dust

as ashes.

- Sharon Brogan

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Brother Gull

It is an ordinary death
for its time, family
in a clot

around the high, white
bed, gull at the window.
The man

on the bed sticks
and twigs, remnants
of pain.

He opens his hand,
lets mine go.
The gull

lifts from the sill
into the solid
wall of sky.

- Sharon Brogan

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Call For Submissions

Answering an arbitrary alphabetical advertisement
By boldly brandishing bombastically brilliant bytes
Can certainly comprise cacophonous caterwauling

(Desire deems derivable daunting dialectic deeds
Elastically expanding ego's ersatz erotic extremes
Fearless few find flawlessness flowing forth freely)

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