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You Ask, What is Life?, #2 (The reality Show)

by James Shammas (Age: 53)
copyright 08-12-2005

Age Rating: 18 +

Be a concentration camp prisoner at Auschwitz,
smiling at the eyes in fish-head soup,

Hug the man that's killed your wife,
then forgive yourself, too,

Give to your favorite charity
under someone else's name,

See Reverend Clark's last mass at St. Pat's,
keeping your faith, praying for him, too,

Just once, dangle from a ten-storey window
eating a strawberry,

Contemplate the 360 you did on the Gowanus Expressway,
and review what you learned there,


Choose the acronym in 'Fuck Everyone And Run,'
wake up and do it again.

You have until today or the rest of your life,
whichever comes first.

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        12-01-2006     Richard Reed Jr        

Could be one's finest moments.

Dangling from the window - a strawberry never tasted as sweet!

Lose yourself and you have found yourself.

Immersed here sleeping - I shall soon awake,
but will I know it when I do?


        12-09-2005     Leeann Monat        

A good wake up call in the form of a poem. It's almost like a slap in the face for humanity to pull itself together and stop living this life of "f.e.a.r.". You worded it exactly! People! You can't keep waiting for someone else to solve these problems!

        09-01-2005     Jeniffer Brand        

Thanks for the wake up Jim. I needed that one. This is oh so true! Loved it as ALWAYS!

        08-13-2005     Roger Crique        

Poetry's arduous job is to imprint itself deeply into our consciousness with vivid imagery, heartfelt emotion and sometimes, fluidity will help. No matter what the subject, if this isn't achieved, the author has failed in his attempt. This is my opinion! This poem does just that! It grabs you and demands your attention with its imagery and its subject matter, especially the acronym, F.E.A.R.! I think the author did a great job with this piece, his second poem about what life is. By the way, I think you meant, "Gowanus Expressway."

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