Please God

give me a poet

i scrawl it on the foggy shower door each morn

absurdic or acerbic

i don't care

with or without suitable underwear

one of those dreamy beamy smiling idiots found wandering

eyes looking up and out onto the world less harsh

because his thrilling mind has transubstantiated it

with whimsical verse

or"take no prisoner" risk taking emotion

when ever his pen falls to paper

and begins it's adventurist meandering

he can have a blank verse whimsical flair like Thomas Lux

or a torrid but lightly restrained persona like Pablo Neruda

my table and my appetite is set for either lovely beast

i welcome them to my poetic feast so

Please God

send me a poet

by Nan

I think you’re wonderful.

I’m driving my car

and your name is on every mailbox.

I’m kissing you

and my shoes crawl away

in darkness, sweet gadgets

sing in my wrists, the life

I dumped into the river years ago

is reported found in the Philippines....

Why do I tell you this?

Because your lingerie

is burning, because a lone drop

of rain is falling somewhere

above the Sahara, because

I think you’re wonderful.

i adore this poem by..Thomas just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy...and is exactly the kind of poet i want...Lord help me....hahahahahaha...

i am happy to see he will be doing some readings of his work here at SDSU Scripps Cottage in early April

another that comes to mind is this one by Pablo Neruda


It was passed from one bird to another,

the whole gift of the day.

The day went from flute to flute,

went dressed in vegetation,

in flights which opened a tunnel

through the wind would pass

to where birds were breaking open

the dense blue air -

and there, night came in.

When I returned from so many journeys,

I stayed suspended and green

between sun and geography -

I saw how wings worked,

how perfumes are transmitted

by feathery telegraph,

and from above I saw the path,

the springs and the roof tiles,

the fishermen at their trades,

the trousers of the foam;

I saw it all from my green sky.

I had no more alphabet

than the swallows in their courses,

the tiny, shining water

of the small bird on fire

which dances out of the pollen.

Pablo Neruda

and for those of you who want to read community Reader poets more often here's the link

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Mindy Ross April 5, 2012 @ 4:51 p.m.

My daughter moved out in '07 because I wouldn't support her in her career choice to be a poet. God gave me one...

What a perfect picture to put above "I think you're wonderful." He just has that look on his face.


nan shartel April 6, 2012 @ 1:45 p.m.

ur daughter is a poet...she would need a patron to keep her fed then lucky and unlucky 4 u all at the same time...hahahahahahaha....a (different kind) of writer in the family

the picture of Mr Lux does go perfectly with the poem he wrote (up in the Reader this week) would be fun to go and listen to him read...


Ruth Newell April 5, 2012 @ 6:32 p.m.

Suitable underwear-hahahahaha. Funny woman, you are.


nan shartel April 6, 2012 @ 1:47 p.m.

my favorite kind of men's underwear is no underwear at all...going Commando can be so poetically stimulating!!!


nan shartel April 6, 2012 @ 2:52 p.m.

my friend antigeesus left this little tome 4 me on Facebook

Give me a poet like Pablo Neruda.

One that makes Harlem sound just like Bermuda.

He's not into hookers, other dudes, or sports

. And makes enough money to buy his own shorts

dat woman is a doll!!!.


Ruth Newell April 6, 2012 @ 4:30 p.m.

Luv it. I wouldn't call him lightly restrained though.


nan shartel April 6, 2012 @ 8:05 p.m.

i think this is Poet's Progress

like Pilgrim's Progress


nan shartel April 7, 2012 @ 5:27 p.m.

hahahahahahahahahahaha....yes Quill....will it never cease


nan shartel April 7, 2012 @ 6:03 p.m.

ya know Quill i actually was affected by TallSharons Speedo reference and that how men's unmentionables got into this poem

so u can blame her 4 all this below the belt action!!!


nan shartel April 8, 2012 @ 11:25 a.m.

i think that's why so many older men in warm climates like ours Mindy discontinue wearing them

i hope i'm not continuing to offend ur sensibilities Quill


Tallsharon April 7, 2012 @ 6 p.m.

3 very talented poets. made me smile. quillpena comment made me laugh out loud :)


nan shartel April 7, 2012 @ 6:04 p.m.

u started this TS.....hahahahahahahaha


David Dodd April 10, 2012 @ 8:21 a.m.

Pablo Neruda is even more brilliant in Spanish. And Mindy is wrong about the underwear, some men over 50 still wear it well. And no, I'm not modelling mine, you'll simply have to take my word for it ;)


nan shartel April 10, 2012 @ 9:37 a.m.

agreed hunnyunderwear ...Pablo is MOST amazing in Spanish...and i only know men over 50 Refried...therefore i speak lovingly of the older mans HAUGHT bod..hahahahahahahahaha

thx 4 the drop by hun and enhorabuena grande on ur Baseball series on Game Day here at the's uber good!!!


David Dodd April 10, 2012 @ 9:54 a.m.

Glad you enjoy it, Nan. It's a lot more of a grind than people might think, but I love doing it. With the commute, it's around a twelve-hour day. But I can't think of a better way to spend twelve hours.


nan shartel April 10, 2012 @ 10:03 a.m.

good days...the trolley helps if u don't want to drive husband Bobby thinks it's just about the most cogent critique there is on the Padres... I've turned a few Padres fans on to it

i'm glad u link it on Facebook...that helps!!


nan shartel April 12, 2012 @ 9:58 p.m.

where is that dang RZ...flitten around in the trolleys and buses i suppose...lolol Neruda's lookin' 4 him


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