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it was going to be something about bees but its not.
OKcomputer

when that right formal fellow, removed--i mean
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the guy in the tie who seems so
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mean, i won't imagine that he
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is sometimes naked and frowns; that sometimes
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he is crying sad tears;
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sniffs his own socks sometimes;
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enjoys a touch where you wouldn't think
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somewhere sometimes.
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a person removed, the one at the front
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of the room
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is still a person moving its hips
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alone at night in bed, it's a right sad man.
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it's a right sad man.
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aside: oh, i love you today. i also have made
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those sad faces referenced before. i love you:
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oh, it was winter before. i misplaced you then.
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i kissed you yesterday. ooh love:
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how it paces between the milk-flakes
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like spring does, waiting, wanting to come back.
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i want you now, how it paces.
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today
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you are naked somewhere else
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today you are.  settled, still
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i exist only with you. today i am
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a person removed.
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13 Mar 07

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a reminder: i need to add more to the last stanza.
 — OKcomputer

I really love the shifting point of view in this poem; it makes it more than a portrait.  It also reveals a lot about the narrative voice, but there is such ambiguity in that voice (I love you today, I misplaced you) that it doesn't feel like the *poet* interefering with the poem.  Reading makes me feel like I've got a portrait of *two* people.  Tasty part: ooh love/how it paces between the milk-flakes/like spring does."  Good work.
 — mikkirat

I love this to bits. I love the title too.

This has the feel of a song, something with a jaunty Queen-like feel every now and then, with the oh's and the ooh's and the repetition of 'right sad man', but with the deeper theme underneath. The repetition of 'removed' - I love it, quirky and revealing.

Yes, the aside works brilliantly and as mikkirat says, there are 2 pictures being painted here, both the richer for the juxtaposition. How you can be 'removed' in different ways. Yes, this really does it for me.
 — smugzy

Silly to the nth degree.
 — unknown

i am a very important person, and i am going to change the world. so i don't think itss silly<3

i think its grand.
 — OKcomputer

nice poem.
 — varun

"i am a very important person, and i am going to change the world. so i don't think itss silly<3

i think its grand."

Silly to the nth degree.
 — unknown

What you do well in this is to give us the little details:  "sniffs his own socks," "enjoys a touch where you wouldn't think," "naked and frowns." Lines 11-13 are giving me some trouble, though. Why did you use "it's" when "he" or "he's" seems more appropriate?

Lines 18-19 are nice. The whole stanza is filled with loss and yearning, but in a quiet tone, which I like. The problem I'm having is that I want to know more about why this person is no "somewhere else." It's not crucial, but I'd like to know.
 — blee73

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