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New Blood

by Chris Sorrenti

I had been away for so long
didn’t even know my own name
years seemed compressed
into just a few months
but in truth it had only been weeks
as all around
economies crumbled into a sea of red
and politics only made the waves higher
but I was home again
zigzaging within that thin blue line
my sanity keeping me small enough
to go unnoticed
though still important
to those who mattered
just outside the brightly wrapped box
of promises and lies

© 2008

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Author's Note: Title and opening piece to namesake collection.

Posted on 12/04/2008
Copyright © 2020 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 12/04/08 at 02:49 AM

Wonderfully, brilliantly done. I love that last line, too.

Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 12/04/08 at 02:57 AM

Great read, Chris. Time does have a way of putting us in our place. "keeping me small enough to go unnoticed"....I strive everyday to go unnoticed....unlike younger years, when we all loved center stage. Thanks.

Posted by Bruce W Niedt on 12/04/08 at 05:06 AM

You know how much I love good imagery, and this one really delivers. I'd say more about my favorite parts but they've already been mentioned.... d:-)

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 12/04/08 at 03:55 PM

Love the layers in this, the reference to the sea, the meaningful colors, and the last two lines in particular.

Posted by Tony Whitaker on 12/05/08 at 09:12 AM

Wow. This one takes me to all kinds of places. The imagery and psychic stimulation alone are worth the price of admission. Excellent work!

Posted by Graeme Fielden on 12/08/08 at 09:20 AM

nice piece of social commentary, Chris, with a lesson of humility...

Posted by Glenn Currier on 12/08/08 at 04:26 PM

What I like about this one is the way you bundle together in a few cogent lines macro economics, national politics and policy, nature, self reflection, and the "season of giving." Brilliant, indeed! Thanks, Chris.

Posted by George Hoerner on 12/08/08 at 04:31 PM

Very nice write Chris. So much said in so few words.

Posted by Morgan D Hafele on 12/10/08 at 08:54 PM

good old current events... these are wild times we're living in.

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 12/10/08 at 09:21 PM

In this day and age we are all new blood to be taken. Good one Chris...CharMin

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 12/13/08 at 07:02 PM

This began and continued through in a spiritual way for me...

I had been away for so long
didnt even know my own name

soothing soulful authentic

Posted by Laura Doom on 12/13/08 at 09:20 PM

There are lines here, the full relevance of which I don't pretend to understand, but then I'm sure they make perfect sense to 'those who matter(ed)' :>
As alluded to above, you cover a lot of ground within a relatively few intriguing lines - a substantial and valuable write.

Posted by Scott Utley on 12/15/08 at 12:45 AM

I feel melancholy reading this -- it is a stunning affirmation of the need to fuel and re-energize.... soul mind body heart. My mood has shifted just within this line I type - Hope - you are a messenger of Hope tonight - and the world looks pretty darn good. Very very generous.

Posted by Nancy Ames on 12/19/08 at 11:28 PM

Nice one, Chris - expresses very well what so many of us are feeling lately about this too political season.

Posted by Colleen Sperry on 02/05/09 at 03:50 PM

oh Chris.. I can see why ... it has some fabulous lines.. "but I was home again zigzaging within that thin blue line my sanity keeping me small enough to go unnoticed" love the line breaks as well as the content!

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