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o A NOT-S0-SILLY ANTI-POETRY DITTY

o In And In Between The Silence 6/21/2022

o Not Alone In the Darkness (As I Once Thought I Was)

o Each One Of Them Is Accounted For (And Matters)

o The Fire Once Within Goes Cold From Lack



o Like Books Full Of Stories Stacked Behind Her

o Call It Grace (another Anti-poem)

o Lights Out

o Saudade: the feeling of wanting to be near someone who is far and distant

o That No One But I Will Know (anti-poetry)

o HERE WE SIT AT OUR TABLE 2/19/2022

o To Be In The Way

o For My Brother T. J. ( 7/15/2022)

o That Once Respite Cave

o Dr. Frankenstein's Surprise (Re-Galvanized)

o A Stranger In a Strange And Angry Land.

o Crimson Lake (From 2008, flashing forward to 2022/April 19)

o Words Being Yours...Until The Grave 4/23/2022

o Summer Storms / Electric Monsters

o Your Candle Burning In the Wind

o On Sunny Days , As I Pose For The Skies 3/17/2022

o You Are Not What You Think 3/7/2022 11:56Pm PST

o We'll Decide That For YOU

o Fisherman's Woman's Lament

o That Time Love Took Off Running On Its Achilles Heels....

o VALENTINE--WITHOUT YOU 2/19/2022

o His Bitter Chocolate Heart (refrigerator magnet poem)

o THE HOOVER DAM/NEWLY RE-CONSTRUCTED 2/19/2022

o I COULD BECOME SOME KIND OF LUCKY 2/19/2022

o UN-THREAD THE NEEDLE (OF TIME)

o Always Deep Blue (written 7/3-7/6/2022)

o THE GLASS BETWEEN MY SELVES



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We'll Decide That For YOU

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un-shiny object
we must polish you
until you resemble someone new
someone other than you

your outlines too
need to be re-contoured
groomed
your edges smoothed

in this way
you will make a better show
for us all

your tongue will be blunted
and lose the memory of speech
stunted--
for we don't need
you talking
opinions are reserved for
those who know better

lower your eyes
for your eyes are too wide
you see everything
stick to your own business
which is ours

do not feel
without asking
without our permission
you are our diagram
a map we have drawn
with your boundaries, well-defined

do not make a sound
unless spoken to
its a narrow space
to which we've assigned you
and whatever you do
resist
and do not color yourself
outside the lines

no such animal
as to thine self be true
unicorns don't exist
nor do better angels

keep your brain straight on your head
don't get any ideas
nor get tangled up in
what's true
we'll decide that
for you.

you're welcome.
even if you're not.


LEGAL COPYRIGHT FOR THIS POEM/AND ALSO FOR THIS WRITER/POET MELISSA A. HOWELLS
AND ALSO FOR THIS LEGALLY COPYRIGHTED AND REGISTERED SITE TITLE
MELOO STRAIGHT FROM HER TILT-A-WORLD
3:42pm 3/14/2022 TIME AND DATE STAMPED FOR COPYRIGHT.






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