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by Frankie Sanchez

People still ask me about you as if you were a standard operating procedure.

People still don't get it.
People still say; it's better to have loved and lost
than to have--

What people don't seem to understand is that I don't dig epilogues,
I don't speak with punctuation, I don't end with period. and I don't capitalize.

Because tonight
I'll sleep with a pillow softer than your self-consciousness

and even though I don't speak in redundancies, allow me to repeat myself
'cause I know you're not takin' notes
'cause you're the type of person who likes to hang on a moment
and own it
but do me just one favor
in this minute minute, please
that you've got too many easels
and not enough paint
and self-expression is moot if the canvas is blank.

I'll sleep on my good side

so that tomorrow when people ask me about you as if I have a degree in your ology
at least i'll look well-rested when I tell them
that I used to cry when i wrote you letters
and how I used to write for you
and how in my head I STILL paint renaissance paintings of you
and how they hang in this cranium like a sixteenth century mausoleum

because genius is driven by affection

and affection knows
that we were born with more voices than our mouths could house
and so some of them got swallowed.

But genius -- genius knows nothing.
Genius knows that we do things with our mouths sometimes,
like when we kiss or cough or collaborate.

Thus genius is driven by affection
and affection made you my muse.

So please listen to the words of a man who knows where his voice has been;

if you were made of construction paper
and a few shades red-er
I'd glue love to you
l-o-v-e, spelled out in pasta pieces,
sprinkled in the glitter of hugs and kisses,
I'd hold you lovingly in my hands and give you--

to somebody else.



Author's Note: [ http://www.myspace.com/phrankiesays ]

Posted on 02/17/2008
Copyright © 2023 Frankie Sanchez

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by George Hoerner on 02/17/08 at 05:15 PM

This is really great! A number of lines are just classic! Very nice write!

Posted by Steven Kenworthy on 02/18/08 at 10:38 PM

"your ology"...this is classic. i like this because it really reads like a journal entry except...like, a fantasyworld journal entry with lots of mushy people and bright colors. this is biting, but quite liberating in the end where you realize you're too good to sit around and wait for someone to maybe respond the way you wished they would. when they come around it will be too late. when it's not the one, it always is too late. epic work frankie.

Posted by Lauren Singer on 02/20/08 at 05:20 PM

this is gold.

Posted by Nanette Bellman on 02/20/08 at 08:47 PM

Looks like you managed to couch up those swallowed voices. Loved it.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 02/21/08 at 07:26 PM

Well, I've clicked every button available for this one. Masterful, strong, looking forward.

Posted by Bradd Howard on 02/21/08 at 11:20 PM

frankie dearest-- I haven't read you in a while, but you know that your words NEVER fail to move me. the language in this is perfect. I would start naming examples of the things that worked for me but then I would have to write out the whole poem so I'm just going to state simply that You Rock.

Posted by A. Paige White on 02/22/08 at 02:06 AM

Let me just be bold with the realization that everything I would have said has already been said. It's bold and the depth you reached with your punch.u.ation would give me the bends if I hadn't been granted a leisurely resurfacing. Marvelous write. Marvelous read. My pick for POTD.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 02/25/08 at 05:31 PM

Catchy, thought provoking lines throughout. Good hook in the opening, with an unexpected ending.

Posted by Maria Terezia Ferencz on 02/26/08 at 03:22 PM

You rock! I love a read like this, makes me want to bounce between the walls, wakes me right up! Plus faves.

Posted by Meghan Helmich on 02/26/08 at 07:23 PM

a friend just sent me your poem in an email while i was at work. all i could say was 'jesus christ.' this brings tears to my eyes. thank you for writing this and sharing and caring that much. about anyone. if nothing else, i can appreciate this to the ends of the earth

Posted by Tony Whitaker on 02/29/08 at 12:28 AM

brilliant! Brilliant! BRILLIANT!!! BBRRIILLLLIIAANNTT!!!

Posted by Lauren Singer on 04/17/08 at 04:05 PM

God Frankie. This still gives me the best kind of chills. i read it all the time and find something new to cling to constantly.

Posted by Gregory Oregon on 09/07/08 at 06:40 AM

just another late night reading...WOW! not going to look for the words to explain how this piece calls out to me. gifted hermano, you are truly gifted. dios bendiga

Posted by Angela Nuzzo on 09/28/08 at 09:59 AM

This is amazing, Frankie! I love the "ology" stanza. I can just picture the inside of that cranium full of her portraits. Well Done!

Posted by Rhiannon Jones on 09/28/08 at 12:39 PM

Wow. This is so powerful...I don't know what to add to what's already been said, except congrats on POTD! Very well-deserved.

Posted by George Hoerner on 09/28/08 at 01:58 PM

Very well done and congratulations on POTD.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 09/28/08 at 06:16 PM

Great to see this as POTD! Well deserved.

Posted by Melissa Panther on 09/29/08 at 12:23 AM

Such authentic expression which flows on effortlessly...lovely.

Posted by LK Barrett on 11/07/08 at 11:30 PM

...clearly my fav.o.rite..."that you've got too many easels and not enough paint and self-expression is moot if the canvas is blank" sets up the internal self-check through the whole piece and baby your shining star is the hinge...thank you for this...lk

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 03/03/09 at 06:12 PM

As usual- very compelling story with a bite OUCH! I can see why this was a POTD. Will you ever run out of stories to tell? NAH!

Posted by John Herzog on 08/05/09 at 09:44 AM

Epic. Bold. All I need to say. :)

Posted by Carissa Dewey on 08/31/09 at 02:41 AM

wow, Frankie, I absolutely love this poem. It sets such vivid images in my head. I'm sure I'll be thinking of your pasta love all day tomorrow.

Posted by V. Blake on 11/22/09 at 08:10 PM

This poem is more amazing than I could possibly hope to give it credit for being, so let me just express my gratitude to you for sharing it. Seriously, sincerely, thank you.

Posted by Linda Fuller on 06/30/10 at 03:14 PM

It's all been said - gave me chills at the end - into my favorites

Posted by Andrea Colton on 08/27/10 at 09:54 AM

Well since you already know how brilliant you are, the only thing I can say is I deeply comprehend this poem and understand fully the feelings you are talking about here. Meaning-love is icky. There, I said it. Writing about it doesn't have to be though, which you've shown here.

Posted by Meghan Helmich on 08/29/11 at 01:51 PM

Still an F'ing amazing poem.

Posted by Anya Kaats on 02/23/12 at 01:13 AM

holy crap. THIS IS SO FANTASTIC. i could read it a hundred times. and kinda plan on it.

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