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Amanda Saveley   Best Poems From
  AMANDA SAVELEY (December 29,1987)
 
 

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  1.     

Confessions of a Bound Soul

Brother, my brother,
How selfish was I
While you seemed to struggle,
I sat idly by

Brother, my brother
Yes, try as I might
I now realize
It was also my fight

Brother, my brother
Now look at your arm
It's cold and immovable
Lost all its charm

Brother, my brother
Now look at your leg
There's so much left missing
Yet not once did you beg

Brother, my brother
Though I lost more in mass
It is you far more haunted
By our mistakes in the past

Brother, dear brother
Listen when I say
I will stick by your side
Until this goes away

Brother, dear brother
Listen when I say
I will stick by your side
Until our final day
 
Amanda Saveley
   
 

   
   
 

  2.     

yeah, I know...

yeah, I know poets
before I started class, I knew
Poe, Dickenson, Shakespeare
but that didn't make me smart
what made me smart was what I learned IN class
all the poets I know now
Gregory Corso, Dominique Garay, Taylor Mali, Bradley Hathaway,
Bill Kloefkorn, Ted Kooser, Elizabeth Barret-Browning, Sylvia Plath,
Matt Mason, Sarah McKinstry-Brown, Margaret Atwood,
Dorothy Parker, Alexander Pope
more, I can't even remember
so yeah, I know poets
but it still doesn't make me smart
 
Amanda Saveley
   
 

   
   
 

  3.     

Bad Dreams

Door swings, and it's off to life,
Swinging hinges and broken dreams
And fading shadows of ghost-like memories
That pass between my heart and mind

Guess I'm not the fighting kind...

But I should have.
I should have fought to make you stay
And be that which we can't seem to grasp
Because of my failure, I now sit alone

Where will I meet my fate?
My mom married a man I was born to hate.
And when will I meet my end?
In a better time, I could have found a friend.

Somewhere I cannot reach you
The lines of communication run too long
And are too short
Severed at the elbow of sound waves
Most unpleasant

You break my heart
Jammed in my throat
As recollections bubble up fast
Too fast for me to stop them
Spilling over into formations of water and salt
Cascading from eyes seemingly empty

You're long gone now.
 
Amanda Saveley
   
 

   
   
 

  4.     

A Clarification Pre-Departure

If I died tomorrow,
Would you still search for me?
Would you still scan the skies
Or look out onto the sea?
Would you wait for my call
Until the light of day?
Would you search in your mind
For something meaningful to say?
Would your eyes stay at the door
Patient, with the same concern?
Would you wait on baited breath
Though you know I won't return?

Or would you agonize over endearments
Left unspoken and unheard
Indulging in your grief
Over something simple like words
Would you comb over my things
Think of when last they were used
Would you build a shrine to me
Cling fast to guilt like the accused
Would you live encompassed with regret
Over things left just to waste
And panic when a simple thing
Happens to be misplaced?

If I should die tomorrow,
Look not for me in the sun
Nor land, nor dropp of water
Or in all things left undone
Do not search for me in any form
For I will not be there
Do not find fascination
In a single strand of hair
Nor simple piece of cloth
That once did belong to me
You should not waste your life
Nor should you share same fate as me
Release your tears into the air
And leave them out to mix with dew
Please, do not search for me,
I will be waiting there for you.
 
Amanda Saveley
   
 
 

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