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Poems By Poet RIC S. BASTASA  11/25/2014 9:56:18 PM
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  4397.     

at the party

you meet faces of an uncle
some nephews
and nieces, even a brother
after some long years
not seeing them
you notice some changes
how the uncle has grown
a beard
your nephews getting
sophisticated
on the latest craze
electrical gadgets on their
ears and even noses
you nieces on their own lingo
you do not know much
anymore
more than they do

and your brother
you counted the gap
before he came to your life
ten years
yes ten years
you stare at him
and you get a scare
how come
you do not know him much
what anger is there
how come love
has not built a bridge
between your
far souls

you offer him a bottle of beer
and greet him
'when did you arrive? '
you ask him

it is too late
his wife steals his attention
and you would have asked him some more
existential questions

like 'how is life going with you? '
they are taking leave at once
someone is sick
and dying
he had no chance telling you

the gap now you count again
is not just ten years
it is more than that
and there is no bridge
no rainbow
always this wide river
this vast space this endless sea

you miss him somehow
yet you cannot say the word
oh, these modern times
always a masterpiece of
distance of alienation
something we have not dared
and we have not conquered
 
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  4398.     

at the party (of fools)

at the party,
we wear smiles, we tell them
the way we hold our wine glasses
and puff the smoke
we tell them that here we are we want to belong
to everyone
that we after all
are parts of this socializing human race
aristotlic and platonic and
watsonic all rolled in our mind

we get drunk and for a while we group
in accordance with our categories
species

and then we realize
we are happier alone in bed
at the beach or somewhere else
where
only our hearts speak
 
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  4399.     

at the party last night till dusk

you take your glass of red wine
and sit on one of the chairs in one corner

friends surround you
as though you are a port and they are docking boats

the laughter begins and continues
till nighttime till one

the glasses of wine take you to places
of memories

the conversations about the lives of other people
their misfortunes and sometimes successes

no one wants to leave
neither can all you keep on staying

till the wee hours of dusk
until the minds becomes groggy and restless

until you realize that peace has become elusive
you become part of the unforgiving crowd

amidst the words and sentences
you are one of those colons

so so alone this time
amidst the hill and mountains
 
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  4400.     

at the party of the blind

when one is barred to enter
there is no way
that force is
a choice, and so one waits
at the gate
fronting the street and
looks for
the correct timing aimed
at entering
without violating some
rules of this
party game, and one sees
a chance
for here
comes a very important person
who is blind
and you grab
his arm
walks beside him
and tell the gatekeeper
that you are his
escort
and when inside you look
around
where everyone laughs
because
everyone is blind
and you are the only one
who can see
and so you were
barred.
 
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