Friday, August 25, 2006

They Look Like Me

I’ve read Oliver, Collins, Angelou,
taken a nip of old bard Bill,
Byron, Thomas, e.e., WCW, and even
Hemingway spilled gin on some verse.

Stood my words in front
of the reflection of theirs,
sucked their gut in, brushed wild hairs,
plucked a nose hair or twenty,

slid panty hose over bulbous stanzas,
covered metaphors with fat stubby fingers,
cracked the mirror with a flying keyboard,
they still looked like me.

24 comments:

MB said...

Uh-oh. You've got a kind of courage. I don't even want to think about what mine look like.

Aurora said...

I knew you had that weird panty-hose thing going on. I just didn't think you'd write about it here, SICKO.

samuru999 said...

I just want to know how do you do it?
I just love your use of your words!
What a poem!
I loved it!

mikaelah said...

thank goodness ... you can ditch the pantyhose!

polona said...

hubris? :)

damn right they did... good stuff!

Joyce said...

I like the sustained "dressing" metaphor you have used here.

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

e.e. my favorite -- :)

Masago said...

This made me giggle deep down.
P.S. I love coming here to read the kibitzing between You and Aurora. :-)

camera shy said...

like the playfulness of this piece

there's a keyboard or twenty ive kept from hurling myself.

camera shy said...

ive decided that since ive become a regular reader i should just go ahead and link you

keep up the great work

whitney said...

I don't think it's such a bad thing that they look like you. But I might be kind of partial...I never conversed with any of the others on a blog, either. Ha. :o)

Don Iannone said...

Pat...poetry is a part of our therapy. Yours speaks volumes about you and who you are. I think that's why I enjoy reading what you write. Blessings brave soul.

Jon Cox said...

Hahahaha!!!! AWESOME!

floots said...

metaphors
nose hairs
panty hose
..... these are a few of my favourite things :)
enjoyed this pat
you are in good company
(and - like us all - on your own)
cheers

Plus Ultra said...

You surprise me every time I get to your posting

Sue hardy-Dawson said...

though I think I prefur stockings for my 'bulbus stanzas' I really enjoyed this-brilliantly funny

Christine Klocek-Lim said...

So funny!

Russell Ragsdale said...

Hi Pat! Sounds like you are driven to write. Personally, I use it like a drive thru. Can't help myself, feel flippant today!

dsnake1 said...

pat, you have a distinct voice of your own, i like what i read . :)

btw, how many keyboards have you trashed? :D

bre said...

this made me smile

Pris said...

Panty hose, Pat??:-)

Hey, I like the real you, hairy nostril and all.

Poetry by Kai said...

very nice.

Pat Paulk said...

MB, I assure you yours look a whole lot better than mine!!

AA, you never complained about it before!!

Margie, I guess I have too much time on my hands?? Thank you!!

Mikaelah, yeah, they really do itch!!

Polona, I certainly hope not. No matter, they always will won't they?

Thank you Joyce!! I personally prefer the "undressing" anythings, but...

Andrew, I would've never taken you for an e.e. man. More of a Whitman, or Thoreau...

Kibitzing??? More like zingers I think!!

Camera, yeah, these computer screens are getting expensive!! Thank you for the link, I added you to mine too.

Whitney, your partiality is a pleasure to have!!

Don, I appreciate your kind comments!!

Thanks, Jon Cox!!

Floots, that doesn't surprise me. Alone we come, alone we leave!! thanks!!

Plus, I hope it's a pleasant surprise!! thanks for coming!!

Sue "stockings" does provide a certain "sibilancy" to the line doesn't it. Thank you!!

Thank you Christine!!

Russell, flippant ain't bad!! You are right. It's become an addiction!!

Dsnake, I'm glad you like it!! That info is closely held. I'm sure there's some keyboard preservation group just waiting to jail me for keyboard abuse!!

Mandy, I'd rather make you smile, than frown. Sure I've done that enough!!

Pris, I guess my secret is out. At my age what's a few relocated hairs??

Kai, thank you!!

sage said...

i had to tell another blogger about this poem as she seems to have a thing for nose hair...

I wish I could have fish and drank with Hemingway