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Poetry Friday: Costumes Exchanging Glances by Mary Jo Bang

July 21st, 2017 (06:00 am)
hopeful

Current Mood: hopeful
Current Song: Wind by Brian Crain

      The rhinestone lights blink off and on.
Pretend stars.
I'm sick of explanations. A life is like Russell said
of electricity, not a thing but the way things behave.
A science of motion toward some flat surface,
some heat, some cold. Some light
can leave some after-image but it doesn’t last.
Isn't that what they say? That and that
historical events exchange glances with nothingness.

- Costumes Exchanging Glances by Mary Jo Bang

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Posted by: Kay Jernigan McGriff (Kay Jernigan McGriff)
Posted at: July 22nd, 2017 06:11 pm (UTC)
Life
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I like the lines comparing life to electricity -not a thing, but the way things behave.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: July 22nd, 2017 07:00 pm (UTC)
RE: Life
here

As do I.

Posted by: Mary Lee Hahn (Mary Lee Hahn)
Posted at: July 23rd, 2017 12:47 pm (UTC)

I'm not sure if that last line makes me more or less hopeless about our current current events...

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: July 23rd, 2017 03:15 pm (UTC)

Stay hopeful.

Posted by: Michelle Kogan (Michelle Kogan)
Posted at: July 27th, 2017 04:57 am (UTC)

I hope the "after-image'" lasts a bit longer– quite a provocative poem, gets you thinking, and that's good!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: July 27th, 2017 02:08 pm (UTC)
Cold Case

I concur!

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