obsessions leave wakes

August 20, 2008


I heard “oral sex”
ten thousand times more
than “terrorism”.

I saw her face
ten thousand times more
than bin Laden’s.

If only it had been otherwise…

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5 Responses to “obsessions leave wakes”

  1. interesting perspective. i hadn’t arrived at that angle but a marvellous conclusion. love the title.

  2. qazse Says:

    Paul – Thanks for stopping by. The President and the Republicans tied us up in a sex scandal which preoccupied our collective attention 24/7. Countless parents had to craft an explanation of “oral sex” to their younger children. It all became very tedious. And in the meantime true issues were ignored. It was all a dangerous game of “gotcha” which resulted in calamity. I think it was treasonous.

    Sarah – I am glad you liked the title. It is one I have been ambivalent about in the past. However, I am comfortable with it now. I want to convey that all obsessions have a price at many levels. Our collective affair with Monica cost us dearly. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. howard Says:


    And though it’s not really the same kind of poem, it does remind me of a great one by Jane Kenyon that heads in the other direction, sort of – all because of that last word.

  4. qazse Says:

    howard – thanks – I love that poem. I take it to be a reminder to live/appreciate our lives to the fullest because it will inexorably be “otherwise”.


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