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  • Thanks so much for this forum, Jeanne. Four topic ideas later, I'm hand-fasted to an idea that asks, no demands, in a way only a lover has the right to do, that I become who I already am! And so it's through these words that I'm now hand-fasted... (From Pablo Naruda, la poesia)
    ...And something ignited in my soul,
    fever or unrememberd wings,
    and I went my own way,
    deciphering
    that burning fire
    and I wrote the first bare line,
    bare, without substance, pure
    foolishness,
    pure wisdom
    of one who knows nothing,
    and suddenly I saw
    the heavens
    unfastened
    and open.
  • Dissertation as Lover
    The dissertation lover is a complex creature:
    Sometimes so easy to be with,
    Seducing me away from more concrete pleasures,
    Until I want only to be with him—
    Work and world be damned!
    Then, at other times,
    I can't stand to be in the same room with him,
    Because he makes me so aware of how lost and alone I am.
    Ah, the push and pull of romance, right here at the keyboard!
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