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28 February 2013
23 February 2013
Submitted for dVerse Meeting the Bar #21
21 February 2013
appear in the house as from nowhere:
Each morning they are all corpses,
little black dots
littering every available surface —
their tiny lives
exhausted by the large event
of stinging me
with more ferocity than you could credit.
Submitted for Poets United's Poetry Pantry #139
20 February 2013
19 February 2013
Alas, I was too late to submit it for dVerse Poetics: Leonard Cohen and Place, where it clearly belongs.
Once upon a time I had a very romantic affair, in Bali, with the young man who first introduced me to the poems, novels and songs of Leonard Cohen. He used to sing Cohen's 'Suzanne' to me, implying that I was his Suzanne. This poem was written years after that relationship ended, when the happy memory helped me deal with some unpleasantness in my life. It's a very old poem now, but perfect for that prompt.
14 February 2013
11 February 2013
Submitted for dVerse OpenLinkNight #83
9 February 2013
Also submitted for dVerse Poetics — The Art of Letting Go
4 February 2013
2 February 2013
Note: It is traditional in a ghazal to use one's own name, pseudonym, or some derivation of the name in the last line. So I'm there, slightly disguised unless you know your Shakespeare.