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Doug Anderson: Singles Ad

Old, that is, damn near seventy two,
but possessed.
You must be able to love
the inconvenience of the hot coal in my heart
that goes white hot with breath.
You may
avoid my scraggly neck by looking in my eyes.
Everything is there. A kind of madness, yes,
but without it so much dullness
as in the slowly fading lights out there
in Normal Land, their candle’s flicker
snuffed by a sneeze.
Must be able to abide my early wakings
when I get up to feed the demons.
They will not bite:
Since I’ve ceased to deny them
they’ve grown quite tame.
I know them by name.
They’ll get along with yours just fine.
To go through one day with me requires
you know me as a child who cannot stop
pointing out that dog, that bird, that horse,
that cloud that looks like Polonius pontificating.
Can be fun.
Some have stayed, some have run.

copyright 2015 Doug Anderson

12 comments on “Doug Anderson: Singles Ad

  1. Judy Warren
    February 15, 2019

    I love this!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. daniel
    February 25, 2018

    “Some have stayed, some have run.” (!)


  3. Claudia Nolan
    December 21, 2016

    You have indeed tamed your demons – to be able to plead your case for acceptance with such innocence. Does my heart good!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Ana
    May 8, 2016

    I wish there was less philosophical cynisism and more innocent joy in this poem


  5. michael r. elliott
    January 12, 2016

    I love pontificating when it’s not to my demise…check out my Poetry Of Psychology on my web page m.r.elliott@mrelliott.com


    • Carolyn Gregory
      January 12, 2016

      Doug, that is well written. Should be able to connect with someone sensitive with it. At least I hope so.

      Warmly, Carolyn

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Nancy Anderson
    September 25, 2015

    Damn charming seventy two
    Hello tame demons and little boy

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Nancy Anderson
    September 25, 2015

    Damn charming seventy two,
    Hello tame demons and little boy.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. cronegoddess
    March 1, 2015

    Here I am. And looking.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Jean
    March 1, 2015

    Excellent poem, Doug!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Pat
    March 1, 2015

    cliche, yes, but
    Be still my heart.


  11. Carolyn Gregory
    March 1, 2015

    Good poem, Doug. You are an excellent writer.

    Liked by 1 person

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