Stone of stumbling and rock of offense (wordweaverlynn) wrote,
Stone of stumbling and rock of offense
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NATIONAL POETRY MONTH: A Poem for the 13th

beware : do not read this poem

tonite, thriller was
abt an ol woman, so vain she
surrounded herself w /
many mirrors


it got so bad that finally she
locked herself indoors & her
whole life became the
mirrors


one day the villagers broke
into her house , but she was too
swift for them . she disappeared
into a mirror
each tenant who bought the house
after that , lost a loved one to


the ol woman in the mirror :
first a little girl
then a young woman
then the young woman/s husband


the hunger of this poem is legendary
it has taken in many victims
back off from this poem
it has drawn in yr feet
back off from this poem
it has drawn in yr legs


back off from this poem
it is a greedy mirror
you are into this poem . from
the waist down
nobody can hear you can they ?
this poem has had you up to here
belch
this poem aint got no manners
you cant call out frm this poem
relax now & go w / this poem


move & roll on to this poem
do not resist this poem
this poem has yr eyes
this poem has his head
this poem has his arms
this poem has his fingers
this poem has his fingertips


this poem is the reader & the
reader this poem


statistic : the us bureau of missing persons re-
ports that in 1968 over 100,000 people
disappeared leaving no solid clues
nor trace only
a space in the lives of their friends

Written by Ishmael Reed


Ishmael Reed is one of my favorite poet/essayists. He's brilliantly observant. I keep hoping to encounter him sometime in Oakland -- his writing introduced me to the city long before I ever dreamed of coming to California.
Tags: ishmael reed, national poetry month, poetry
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