Sunday, May 10, 2009

Prompt 63: What's It Like?

First of all, it's Harold Robbins. It's Nancy Friday. It's "My Secret Life" and "Make Me" by Sonja Kindley. It's the "Readers Fantasy Forum" in Playgirl Magazine.

It's wet dreamsRubbing off. Vibrators, body parts, lost souls, breaking hearts, dildos.

It's The Lover by Marguerite Duras. It's Georges Bataille, Anias Nin, and Anne Rice.

It's Fanny Hill, Fear of Flying, Goblin Market, and Lolita.

It's John Preston, Sera Gamble, Susie Bright, Richard Labonte, and Shanna Germain. 

Imagine running naked through your neighborhood. It’s joy. Rebellion. 
It's a buzz, coming out of the closet, a morning after kind of truth. It's spilling the milk, missing a step. It's not academic. It's cocks and cunts.

It's this age-old argument about art. 
It's deciding whether or not to use a pseudonym. 
It's prejudice. It's telling your son the truth anyway.

It's in the face of paranoia: it's a risk.

Friends say, you leave your car unlocked, your windows open?
Sex is the window to the soul.

Picture this: you're five years old

And trust somebody then he molests you.
Imagine every time you open your mouth your father beats you.
It's the Creation Story. It’s irrational, hopeful, painful. 

Thanks to Alana of After the Pole for this prompt and image.

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  1. Guess I'm first tonight but it is bedtime for me. See you all in the 'morrow. Thank you Alana for this prompt, we will find out what it's like now for sure. :-)

  2. Alana this was a good prompt, hard for me to choose a subject, as there are so many "what it's like" in my life. Thanks!

  3. Damn fine poem, Alana! Great prompt--thank you!

  4. I've never played along before, but I figured since I was in this one (thanks, lovely, A!), it was a call to action, as it were.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    Best, s.

  5. Hm, I don't know if I did this right - I'd better try again. Thanks for the prompt, Alana!


  6. Thank you for this poem. Complex, brutal, exquisite. There are so many of us.

  7. ..thank u alana for a fine prompt and
    ur wonderful skill at writing ..

  8. Yes, thank you, Alana!

    It's wonderful to exercise those poet muscles again. Don't want to risk atrophy!

  9. I have no idea what you're getting at but for some reason this poem touched me deeply.