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Bengali Market

Poem By Meena Alexander

I live in pallid lifelessness among shadows,
I seek privacy and fear cut-throats,
I try to protect child-like hearts
From disappearing into paranoia-driven
Self-destructive confusion,
I steer clear of happy faces
That smile while plotting
Spiritual identity theft
And dissolution.

I don’t complain about life,
I appreciate the frail radiance
Of the human desire to taste
A lasting love.

And one day my dreams will be indomitable;
I’ll drive on midnight boulevards
Beneath the soft caress of streetlights
With the stereo playing loudly,
And I’ll reach for a woman’s knee
Who has long eluded me,
And the sublime sensation of her warmth
With my lonely need
Will heal a thousand times
Kicked in the teeth.

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I'm with Amberlee. So far I've read approximately half of the poems you have posted on PH - your beautiful words having been seared in my mind I will find it difficult to sleep tonight. Shannon
'And I’ll reach for a woman’s knee Who has long eluded me, And the sublime sensation of her warmth With my lonely need Will heal a thousand times ' wow....just wow.
Yes, I agree with previous comments. This is one of your best, and I hope it all happens just that way.
what can I say.. Well the poem deserves a 10+ and it is 100% true.. when Love finally reaches our doors' step it will deserve the thousand times that someone had shut a door in our face! excellent poem! HBH
Very nice Uriah I enjoyed the read as always! !


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