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Five poems

In Poetry on June 15, 2009 at 10:10 am

Something To Think About

Such an awful
lot of thought has
gone into this
little poem.

You simply would
not believe how
much thought I have
put into this.

So many thoughts
went into this
poem there was
no room left for

the poetry.
Sorry about that.
I’ll try and do
better next time

———-

A Thoughtful Poem

The purpose
of this poem is to make you think.

It holds no
intrinsic meaning whatsoever.

There are no
additives or preservatives and

it will go
off if you don’t use it right away.

Today you are
going to think about [your life].

You may begin
when ready. Please switch off the lights

when you are done.

———-

The Skeleton Of A Poem

da DUM
da DUM DUM, DUM DUM,
DUM DUM da DUM

da da DUM DUM
DUM
da da DUM DUM

da DUM
da da DUM DUM DUM
da DUM DUM DUM

———-

The Lowest Common Denominator

The function of
this poem is
to use up time.
There is no more.

You should leave now.
It will do you
no good to stay.

I have captured
your time in this
poem. It is
now lost to you.

You should leave now.
It will do you
no good to stay.

This is my sole
function. It is
not open to
arbitration.

You should leave now.
It will do you
no good to stay.

I cannot be
more than you see.
I cannot add
meaning to loss.

You should leave now.
It will do you
no good to stay.

You should leave now.
It will do you
no good to stay

———-

Second Draft

I first wrote this poem
seventeen years ago.

I thought I would revisit it
to see if I’ve changed any.

It used to be longer
although I didn’t have
any more to say.

In another seventeen years
I might have it down to one

sentence and, if I live
long enough, a single,
solitary word.

It should take a lifetime
to pick a word like that.

Jim Murdoch is a Scottish writer living just outside Glasgow. His poetry appeared regularly in small press magazines during the seventies and eighties. In the nineties he turned to prose-writing and has completed four novels and a collection of short stories. His second novel, Stranger than Fiction, will be published later this year. You can find out more about him on his blog, The Truth About Lies.

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  1. Look, it’s Jim! Hi, Jim.

    I like these, but where is all the sex?

    (I kid, I kid.)

  2. Jim, Ani, I think the sex was between da DUM DUM, DUM DUM and DUM DUM da DUM. I think, if I am understanding that rhythm correctly, that is definitely where it is. Might be there or, I know that, ‘you should leave now’ can be a pretty effective line of seductioneering.

    I too like these

  3. Thanks for the feedback, Ani. I have a hard time injecting sex into poetry at the best of times let alone in any of these stripped-down affairs.

    And, Koe, your other comment on my blog was much more sensible. Go and stand in the corner.

    And, yes, before the both of you start, I know someone out there will get turned on by that. People are just plain weird.

  4. I just love these poems.

    I just do.

  5. Loved Second Draft – a lifetime indeed.

  6. These made me laugh out loud. Good stuff.

  7. Jim, thanks for wasting my time.

    A lot of thought has gone into this statement.

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