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Poetry Friday: She Didn't Mean to Do It by Daisy Fried

February 22nd, 2008 (07:26 am)
awake

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: Big Casino by Jimmy Eat World

Oh, she was sad, oh, she was sad.
She didn't mean to do it.

Certain thrills stay tucked in your limbs,
go no further than your fingers, move your legs through their paces,
but no more. Certain thrills knock you flat
on your sheets on your bed in your room and you fade
and they fade. You falter and they're gone, gone, gone.

- from She Didn't Mean to Do It by Daisy Fried

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Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: February 22nd, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
TadMack says:

Ooh, I like this one -- there's a certain haunting question that isn't ever answered... it's like song lyrics, too.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 22nd, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
Re: TadMack says:

Isn't it spooky?!

I emailed you yesterday.... :)

Posted by: My characters kick your ass dot com (elfstar18)
Posted at: February 22nd, 2008 06:31 pm (UTC)

Wow. The opening refrain of this poem is so sing-song and childlike, I assumed that "it" would be something like "Knocked over mommy's precious vase" when I read it.

The rest of the poem is so much darker and more serious that the mistake must be something larger than that, but the regret that I'm left with is still that little girl's. Which makes the whole thing that much more sorrowful. You know that the little girl's mommy would still love her and kiss her forehead and everything would eventually be OK, but the same can't be said for the consequences of the actions we take as adults.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 22nd, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)

Wow, again. We both saw the darkness in this, the regret, the loss, but I did not even consider little girl and child/parent relationships here. I love different interpretations!

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