A Selection of Poems

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by Jocelyn Delaney

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Swimming

The end appears before my eyes
My hand reaches
One of many tries
But my body breaches
Through it in one small turn
And its proximity no longer remains.
I discern
The end once again and it strains
My body. Trapped in a maze
Everything repeats
And I plummet into malaise
Which beats
Away the ruse
I plunge further into alleviation
From the world, like a bird whose
In a freefall sensation.
Hypnosis empowers
All my movement
The end appears before my eyes
And my hand slams against it.

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The Situation

Here’s the situation:
He’s funny and of course I love his body.
My husband says
to go for it.
yea I’d date him
the ensuing naughtiness.
I plan
on giving him
my number.
I think he’s hilarious
I think he’s just really crazy and doesn’t care about what people think about him

I need a husband.
I love him so much.
I love his abs. He’s hilarious and Italian.
He doesn’t try to be anyone else
Which is a good thing because
America only has room for one “sitch”

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The Unknown Journey

Never knowing where or when
It’s the journey I love
the gusty winds against my spine
Give me tiny hints of where we’ll go.

It’s the journey I love.
The ups and downs and twist and turns
Give me tiny hints of where we’ll go.
Now I know unknowns I’d never known

The ups and downs and twist and turns
Like an eagles journey across the horizon,
Now I know unknowns I’d never known
The experiences are revealed.

Like an eagles journey across the horizon,
The enduring time slows down,
The experiences are revealed,
Fulfilled by the journey.

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Birthday Wish Come True

Four years of parties, easy classes.
His first birthday after graduating.

“Happy Birthday Brian! Make a wish”
“I wish I never have to work a day in my life.”
Eyes shut. Blew out the candles.

“Happy Birthday Brian! Blow out your candles.”
Eyes opened. There were nurses and a window that read “Denver Retirement Center.”

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For Rent

“Did you find everything okay today?”
“Yes, this will be perfect for this weekend”
“I agree, it’s a popular choice. Your total is $249.99.”
“I always wanted to be a singer. It’ll be nice to see what it’s like for a day.”
“Enjoy your time as Beyonce. Come back to Rent-A-Body soon.”

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