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            -For the lonely, the underpaid, and the ones just really tired of life-

"I too, sing America"
"American" which means tax-free for me,
No sense of economy, and absolutely emancipated
From mortuary science, living
As hamburgers do. On the shelf-
Life of shantytown supermarket value menus—

Bring me the drink menu.
Thank you. I don't think
A tip will be necessary for that.

I boost the high-heeled boast of baby chairs and safety belts
I glorify flesh in pictures and idolized television.
I worship the lottery, the silent luck, who never (not even once) has talked back.

I sing,
Like an American
A white man judges me
As I balance tray upon tray
Of fries, onion rings,
Caviar and wonder bread,
The supplicant thread
Of lobster claws and
Mozzarella cheese sticks.

Never once knowing
It doesn't make sense

And my many boyfriends, those
Who share my apartment with maybe
A dozen different brands of CAT ©
The funny thing being,
The cats stayed longer
Than any of the men

Who dawdle clumsily after say, a night
Of no particular enthrallment.

There is joy in me though.
Certainly, after all,
My lease on life
(I am both too young and too old
To be able to afford any more)
Doesn't expire until the next few
Eternities or so.

I'll certainly dawdle, poking around
For the next few centuries or so
So in love one moment
Betrayed by time the next.

I'm surprised they don't run screaming
At how I bury my night stand
My one night
Stand
With so many sticky notes of poetry:

"The sun does not show its face
On the surface of our coffee maker"

"The bed whispers to me at night
Talking at three in the morning
I am tired, too tired to be sleeping"

"I want, more than anything
To have someone love me
Like my grandfather once did"

"Tomorrow will be different, no no
It won't be the same,
Tomorrow will be different
Just you wait and sayn—"

Cigarettes
And questions,
Punctuate my hair at, maybe five o' clock in the morning.
"Don't I look pretty?" I ask the stranger in the bed.
Like my father, he merely nods.
Unlike a father, he goes straight back to sleep.
Maybe he's
The one.

I don't believe
The additional tenants of my bed
Will be putting anything more on their tabs.

And thank God for that.
Never again.
The scope of which the title asks of is just
Too much
For one me.

For :iconreadandberead: 's May Prompt: Love Affair
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Venry Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student General Artist
this is terrific :love:
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TheGlassIris Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you.
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TheMoorMaiden Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for writing this, I think I needed to read something like this right now. The narrative voice is wonderful, and one that so many of us can relate to: 'where am I going?', 'what am I doing with my life?'

It really screams of someone trying to live the American Dream and not quite getting there. At least not yet.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. :D Well done!
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TheGlassIris Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much. Although my own personal interpretation might differ from yours, that's the gist of the piece right there. I'd hesitate to use the phrase "trying to live the American Dream" though (The Great Gatsby and all). Still I'm very happy you enjoyed the piece.
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TheMoorMaiden Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome. :)
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh. This is...complicated. I mean, it suggests a lot of complicated ideas which are both honest and politically suggestive (although not so much it's polarizing).

The one thing I didn't like is capitalizing at the start of every line, considering all the enjambment it feels bizarre.
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TheGlassIris Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, it's a weird piece for me so I don't really know how to channel that political energy into a clearer form. About the capital letters though, Microsoft Word auto-caps every beginning word of a new line and I've never found it to hinder my writing so I just leave it there.

Does it really hinder the movement of reading or do you think it might be just your personal preference?
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm. I dunno, I like that it's not overtly political. Just that there are things that could be changed here, y'know?

I got that tip from a couple other people. It makes me treat the start of every line as a new sentence, I'd say change it. (Also if you hit ctrl+z in MS Word it undoes the caps.)
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TheGlassIris Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Would it really bother though? If it improves sentence and line flow I probably should, but I've written practically all my pieces like this.

I guess I should try something new.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
See how it looks!
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0hgravity Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the voice of this. It sounds world-weary and kind of wise for that reason.
it really flows well. nice work!
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TheGlassIris Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much.
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0hgravity Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome :)
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monstroooo Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Congratulations! :party: You've been featured in our Weekly Roundup! :clap:

Thanks for sharing with the group :love:

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TheGlassIris Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, thank you so much. :D
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