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Poems By Poet RIC S. BASTASA  10/23/2014 3:34:47 PM
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  11797.     

The Basics Of The Legal Self

i enter a room
and discuss
law

there is nothing
there
except law

no one sees me
except law

no one amazes me
except law

and everyone thinks
that all my nerves
and flesh and bones
and even my
organ of reproduction
are nothing but laws

what they see is
only the hard core of myself
the carapace of
of a blue crab
and that i must have loved
only sand
and the waves that constantly
erase what
law has written

they want to find if
i have a heart

someone finally asks
if i have any
and where must have i placed it
hoping to find
the soft part of
my turgid
existence

it makes me
egoistic at times
when questions like
these are
asked

i've lost my ego a long long time
ago
and i lost it when
poetry was born

i do not know exactly when
but even if by chance
a memorandum shall tell me

how can i ever tell you?

what you shall see perhaps
is a spatter of water
coming from
a broken
bowl of glass
 
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  11798.     

The Bathroom Door

this early morning
you are depressed
you face the mirror
when she left
and you tell yourself
this cannot be true
you rehearsed yourself
again
to a line that you have
long wanted to say
years back
but just the same
you fall short of the courage
that all gentlemen
are said to still posses
you wash your face
with a handful of cold water
and slap your cheek
with that usual perfume
that makes her
love you more

you forget the lines
and promise yourself
to say it some other time
you give the mirror
your silly grin
and leave the bathroom
half-open.
 
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  11799.     

The Bearable State Of Being

laughter is a mask.
the louder it is, the
more colorful.

wholesome conversations
too. And
social concerns, like
the way you tell them
that you are
sad about the sadness of
others

we show them
these masks. We step out
and mingle.

we get tired often
and fear that we soon shall
forget our names

so we go back to
a room where we are true
and comfortable with
our real nature

we take out the mask
and touch our faces

still smooth and soft
the bones in our jaws
still strong,
the hideous still
bearable.
 
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  11800.     

the beautiful bird on a cage

a beautiful bird
is trapped

a boy transports
it in a cage
in their house in the village

the bird is asking some questions:

what crime have i committed
to deserve this sentence? :
is flying a crime?
little boy, do you really need to
keep beauty
inside your cage?

but the boy of course
in his youthfulness
does not care

he does not understand
his parents have not given him the need
to understand all these

his parents too
do not understand what flight is
what rights are
what beauty is
what cages are

and so life goes on and on
with birds inside a cage
boys devising traps
house having cages by their windows
parents proud of their boys
and boys watching the sadness of birds
every morning
in the little village
 
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