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Emptying Town Analysis



Author: poem of Nick Flynn Type: poem Views: 9

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I want to erase your footprints

from my walls. Each pillow

is thick with your reasons. Omens



fill the sidewalk below my window: a woman

in a party hat, clinging

to a tin-foil balloon. Shadows



creep slowly across the tar, someone yells, "Stop!"

and I close my eyes. I can't watch



as this town slowly empties, leaving me

strung between bon-voyages, like so many clothes

on a line, the white handkerchief



stuck in my throat. You know the way Jesus



rips open his shirt

to show us his heart, all flaming and thorny,

the way he points to it. I'm afraid



the way I'll miss you will be this obvious.



I have a friend who everyone warns me

is dangerous, he hides

bloody images of Jesus

around my house, for me to find



when I come home; Jesus

behind the cupboard door, Jesus tucked



into the mirror. He wants to save me

but we disagree from what. My version of hell

is someone ripping open his shirt



and saying, Look what I did for you. . .






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Sharon May 29, 2012 at 11:56 am Let it be ..the beatles tekald about this. And all you need is love did they have the secret to happiness? Kris and all others really do get happy and feel more loved when they GET to see you it's quite profound. She loves you ..

| Posted on 2013-11-15 | by a guest


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Good advice. I have alayws found that if I just keep up on the mess while I am cooking and get cleaned up as soon as we finish a meal then I'm not alayws fretting about a dirty kitchen.

| Posted on 2013-11-13 | by a guest


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polona,sometimes, the harder i try, the more dfuciiflt it is to write something. then it's time to play some video games. :)floots,happened to you too? i can understand the part about "it nearly killed me." :)glad you like the picture too. :)alson,hey bro, where have you been? i know you are in no mood to write anything after writing reports the whole day. :)the theme for our next poetry writing contest, " poetry" itself?it will be tough, don't say i didn't warn you. :)

| Posted on 2013-11-12 | by a guest




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