One and the Same Difference

One and the Same Difference

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To you it’s all about being strategic.
To me, it’s all about how I’m going to get through this
without resorting to being facetious.
Because then it’s all just really tragic.
Even though it looks like a joke,
the misery comes through like magic.
But you never knew that
about me.
Instead you knew what you wanted to
and that’s the whole reason you couldn’t see.
It’s like bloodlust
except to you it wasn’t even fun.
Lust implies fun,
although blood does not, so stick a fork in me, I’m done.
Where’s the rest
of your car, dude?
Better yet, where’s your car?
Because without it you just look crude.
Yet,
you look just like me.
Except you feel comfortable in these streets,
plus you never paid the fee.
I’m too late
for dinner.
You’re too good to be a sinner
and I’m too cynical to be a winner.
Let’s get
a drink.
Better yet let’s get lunch
and you can tell me what you think.
No,
let’s call it a day.
Even though it’s night
and the mice haven’t come out to play.
I’m
on my way.
To say goodbye to that time
when we had nothing to say.

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Nathan Bernardo

I've been writing poetry since I was a teenager, which was back in the early 1980s. I've studied poetry a bit, have learned form, meter, alliteration, things like that; but mostly I just let it flow. Though academics tend to think rhyme is contrived, and it often is, I still use it. I think poetry is rhythm and sound. If it sounds good when you read it out loud, then it's good poetry. I think I admire E. E. Cummings the most out of the great poets; because of his totally unorthodox approach. For substance, I like Walt Whitman. For rhythm, I like Edgar Allan Poe. For the raw stuff, I like Ginsberg. I also like a little Dylan Thomas. As for my own writing, I like to explore deeper feelings but feelings that have broad meaning too. Hope to share some of that meaningful writing here.

4 thoughts on “One and the Same Difference

  • May 30, 2017 at 10:36 AM
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    This is a very unique and interesting poem, Nate. I enjoyed reading it. Well done. I lost my Gravatar when I tried to change to a new one – so I am faceless for now. LOL

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    • May 30, 2017 at 3:46 PM
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      Thanks, Phyllis. This kind of came to me spontaneously this morning, felt good to write some poetry again. Hope you get your Gravatar back!

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  • May 31, 2017 at 12:34 AM
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    I enjoyed this verse, Nate. It is great to see a new poem from you. Here’s to many more.

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