NaBloPoMo – Day Twenty-two
Today is Thanksgiving, and in honor of all things I’m thankful for (family, friends, food and fun – and not necessarily in that order…just kidding…) I’m posting a poem from one of my best friends. It’s ironic that it’s entitled “No Lists,” since I just listed a bunch of things for which I’m thankful.
She and I met in college and were
partners in crime roommates for a while, and we’ve been close friends ever since. We have since both moved away, but not apart. We’ve both grown up and become rather domesticated, but that’s okay. I still think about all the fun and crazy times we had in college, and it makes me smile.
Yes, I know she reads this blog, so that was my chance to really butter her up. Just kidding.
I did ask her permission before posting this poem, but I didn’t tell her what poem it was! This should be a nice surprise for her. My introduction is written on page 216 of my old journal. She has written the actual poem on page 217 in her own handwriting. (You can see the picture posted below.)
Without further ado, here is the poem:
NO LISTS: BY [ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS] by me (Jan. 25, 1993, Mon.)
The following poem is a creation by [one of my best friends]. It is written in her own hand, so it is really authentic. I think it is a great poem…Can you see all the different meanings? Well, here it is:
i want exposure;
the eyes; the presence;
not much more
words in passing;
i don’t need
To be a part,
yet not apart,
is to have
those who lack fear
of delight in games
become future companions.
If not with one,
then i shall smile and muse
upon another and consider
the former friend and brother.
[her initials] 1-25-93 9:25pm
ROBERT BURNS’ DAY
Note: I have written in the margin of page 215, of the day before, “NOTE: January 25, 1759 is Robert Burns’ birthday, and he would be 234 years old tomorrow!”
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I love this poem. It reminds me of nearly every college “relationship” I had. So simple, yet so complicated! Yet, it’s much more than that. You can really get lost in a poem like this, and that’s what I love about it. To the poetess, thank you for letting me post this for the world (or at least my tiny part of the Internet) to see!
So, Happy Thanksgiving! May (all) your day(s) be filled with family, friends, food and fun.
I’d better get going…I have a lot of singing to do!