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Terrycloth


by Daniel Hargrove

Published by Daniel Hargrove at Smashwords


Copyright 2017 Daniel Hargrove


Cover art copyright 2017 Daniel Hargrove


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Table of Contents


01) Terrycloth


02) Apathy


03) Pragmatism


04) 5%


05) Like Magic


06) Mercy


07) Optimism


Terrycloth


A passionflower

sat

among the dewberry vines

it would look nice

on the table

in a vase

full of water

so she picked it

or, she wondered

did it pick her?

it was sick, and in health

it was better, and worse

would it persist

in the artificial light

of her fluorescent kitchen?

after four

sunsets and sun ups

the flower died

but its scent

wandered her hall

into her bedroom

robe draped

across the bed

blue and alive


Apathy


A boring day

so maybe I'll write

another poem

or maybe not


maybe the poem

will write me

and make me a lover

when I have no lover


Maybe the lines

will stretch on and on

and finally reach

a destination


Maybe...

I live in prison

I would build prisons

differently


There is no crime

like love

love succeeds

where I failed


Pragmatism


Participation

is first and foremost

of course, you would have to participate

to make progress happen


The practical dilemma

with technology

is that it has momentum

aim, and gravity


We must participate

we do participate

I don't like it.

Sometimes it's good, though


What can I do?

What can we do?

What will they do?

Just ignore it.


Love is good, very good

and hatred, fear, and jealousy

are negative emotions

come on wicher love!


5%


Fighting fascism is easy

all you've gotta do

is tinkle your nose

and they drop like flies


the blitzkrieg

was an all-out assault

that crushed men and tanks

under fire and fury


perhaps WWII

could have been avoided

but it's too late now

it happened


What next?

Let's arm the women

the pansies

and maybe the children


They grow up so fast!

Fire drill!

Get the megaphone

and divide by twenty


Like Magic


Core principles

upbringing

traditions

bad instincts


Smelly cars

pistols

cocaine

porn


the Republican party

Monsanto

Wal-Mart

Jack in the Box


Traffic

expensive neighborhoods

not-so-expensive neighborhoods

poor neighborhoods


Police

Prison

Attorneys

Briefcase


Mercy


Perhaps

it is

a religious concept

perhaps


Have a good one

my dear

have a nice day

and I mean it


The truth is

indigestible

I feel a little sick

but I'll be OK


Lighten the load

ease your burdens

adapt if you can

carry on


You have treasures

untold

the wise men know

and time gets away


Optimism


It is a nice day!

These flowers smell good!

Care for a cup of coffee?

I will get by.


There are good people

doing a very good job

of oversight

in the government


I like your outfit!

Nice shoes!

I saw a funny movie...

I read a good book...


Everyone gets a vote

I drive an electric car

we have the means

"That" country will fall


Tug of war!

We are strong

I think we got 'em!

They're in the mud!


Thanks for reading these thoughts about love and its chances in an over informed world! Write me!


dghargrove@gmail.com


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