Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The joy of papercuts

photo by stephen h


You are the book
                          that never reaches
                          my

               bed / side / table,

I would love
                to spread
                along the spine
                & consume
                                                          ~every word.


15 comments:

  1. Good metaphorical poem. It does feel like one consumes the words as they disappear into one's brain. The title reflects the way words can affect one deeply.

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  2. Ha, charming. I think you "do" love, rather than would. Thanks.

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  3. and absorb all the gist, life too like a book with different chapters that we learn each and every day

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  4. What a great book.. love the thought of consuming every word.. though the papercuts can be a little distressing.. unrequited?

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  5. A rich metaphoric treat. Every word is one to savor.

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  6. For me, it's all about that Y. It's the bottom half of an upside-down stick figure. The opposite of a mermaid's "tale." The reverse stature of a functioning broom.

    This is an exceptional, passionate, ingenious poem that ends with the man having "paper cuts" on his tongue from zealously "licking envelopes," so to speak.

    I have an equivalent love/lust relationship with books, I must confess. I've never considered that what I was doing with the most delicious I've ever read was "going down on its spine," but I suppose the sentiment is fairly comparable. Not the scentiment, mind you~ That would be rather alarming, particularly since I primarily read library books.

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    1. BINGO.

      Yeah, not sure I would be licking many library books. Far too many hands on those, you know. And will be checked out by many more after you.

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    2. What you did with your line breaks, spacing, and backslashes added so much layering to this.

      Ooh, I just saw something new in "to spread" ~
      to S.P. read = to Sylvia Plath read

      Even better.

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  7. No telling what story is there till you read, yet one gets the feeling that book is a personal favorite.

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  8. there's a beautiful and tender intimacy in this... and i def. can relate to the longing... papercuts and all...

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  9. that yearning is palpable...may you read every word :)

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  10. Also, I have just realised that the first part means that the writer thinks she is out of his reach and he longs to get to know her better.

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  11. I don't enjoy the papercuts, but the longing to consume each word...that I can relate ~

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  12. paper cuts I don't fear, no books I panic what a lovely input X is the Word 'k will catch up eventually ....

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