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Friday, December 14, 2012

Poem of the Week: Measuring Time These Days, Nina Bennett

We communicate in song lyrics, seek
safe harbor in words of others. You sing
on my voice mail, I cut and paste
confessions into e-mail. "These days
I sit on corner stones
and count the time in quarter tones to ten"
we dole out desire in snippets.

When you sigh, roll over,
disentangle yourself from the sheets,
I swallow my words, silently
plea please don’t go, let tonight
be the night you choose me.


  1. Beautiful. And what a great ending!

  2. I was surprised to see a line from one of my favorite songs quoted in a way that doesn't acknowledge its source. "These days I sit on corner stones and count the time n quarter tones to ten" lifted entirely from "These Days" by Jackson Brown, recorded by Nico and others. I get that "We communicate in song lyrics" is a set-up, but perhaps italics or quotes would indicate this is not original language.
    Is the whole poem a cut-up of other sources? I suppose I could google the second strophe, but the author or host should make that effort to clarify.

  3. I love it! Bill, I think it's clear from the first line that the poet is quoting song lyrics, and I think her use of short phrases qualifies as fair use.

  4. Bill, the line was italicized and set off with hyphens when the poem was submitted. It is the only direct quote.