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hyperfocused: John and Rodney in both "hyper" and "focused modes (hyperjr)

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Created on 2009-04-14 16:22:30 (#59294), last updated 2017-02-19 (1 week ago)

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Name:hyperfocused
Birthdate:Sep 26
Location:Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America
An introduction to me, through poetry:

"The Occasional Poet Dreams of Stardom"

What I want:

I want my first novel
to be required reading
at my old high school.
Right between To Kill a Mockingbird
and Macbeth.

I want to be a critical success
and a best seller.
I want you to hate me because I'm beautiful
and like me just the way I am.

I want to write the song
they'll be playing
the first time you dance
with your one, true, love.

I'd like to be a bad influence
and a positive inspiration
depending on your perspective.

I want to live fast,
and die young, but
I want to get to know my grandchildren.

I'd like you to jump on my bandwagon
but I don't want to be a media fad.

I want to be the next big thing
without selling out
or losing my edge.

I want to be loved
by a kind, handsome man
with Michael Rosenbaum's ass
and Lex Luthor's wallet.

I want to play Madison Square Garden
while a crowd of 100,000
hold up their lighters
begging me for one more song.

What I really want:
A few good ideas
someone to love me
and a good way to live.




"Why Patience is not my Virtue"

In the back of an Utne Reader
is a photo
that blows me away
and makes me feel inferior.

It is an ordinary scene:

a 1950's kitchen,
corn flakes,
bacon frying in a pan,

eggs sunny side up,
grainy wooden cabinets,
a Frigidaire;

every detail realistic
until you discover
this is an installation
-life-sized and lifelike-

created by one woman
out of Indian beads
and housed in a museum.


I've tried my hand at bead work
made a few bracelets
and then got bored.

Went on to my next obsession.

On the side of a mountain
is a work in progress
Crazy Horse, I think
carved larger than Mt. Rushmore.

The face finally revealed,
after fifty years of work,
and two generations.

Promised as tribute,
a legacy passed on,
from father to children,
to future.

A monumental task
that may not be complete
for a century.

If I tried my hand
with hammer and chisel
all that the marble would reveal
is a block with a chunk missing
and a paperweight.

I read the story
of a man who kept a journal
and recorded everything he did
every day,for sixty years.
His collected works
could fill a room,
(even though no one may want to read them).

I have a collection of journals too.
They all start the same: with promises
to fill them faithfully and end
in blank pages.

After many attempts I've discovered
I can't write novels
carve mountains
or stick to a lifelong project.

My obsession
has always been
my poetry.

It takes no real patience;
spills onto the page
in a flood I can hardly control
and always fits on one page.
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