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Everyone is in their bubble,

Because the protection of life is more important than life.

If we were constantly exposed to love,

There would be no love:

Romeo and Juliette

Would be trying to find each other yet.

One mistake by this child

Is the end, there is so much wild.

We are forced into themes

That make truisms of our dreams.

I guess I don’t know

When I can come and when I can go.

The legends and the news stories are repeated

Until even surreal poems are depleted.

I cannot make my mark.

The delighted light keeps moving into the dark.

Too many are asleep, or on the island where

Necessity has pinned them there.

The invisible decenteredness of each piece

Requires itself—this doesn’t cease!

Do you see how each line

Of my poem defines what I can’t define?

And my noble voice, a mosquito’s whine.

I was going to say something to make you happy,

My words the gush of a sweet fountain;

There’s only embarrassment before life’s enormous mountain.

We have one choice: to be tragic, or boring;

To be safe and dull—or get into trouble.

The tragic is real, it’s easy to die;

That’s why I’m in my bubble.

I barely see you, I barely hear you,

But when I do, I see, and hear

Sadness, vulnerability, fear.

Tell that joke: I heard it before.

There’s too much coming and going.

It’s cold. It’s noisy. I built this door.

You never opened mine.

(We pay everything for these tours.)

You didn’t see mine. You were behind yours.



  1. joelfrysblog said,

    December 12, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Great poem. Thank you for this. My blog is “Susurrus Waking.”

  2. December 16, 2019 at 1:02 am

    Tom, Do you know who described himself as a real introvert? Pres. Richard Nixon! He said he was “an introvert in an extrovert’s job.” He said it was his Quaker heritage that had taught him to value privacy. And he actually spent little time in the Oval Office, preferring to work in some little office in a corner of the White House. And I don’t think there were ever any hints or suggestions that he was not faithful to Pat.

    • thomasbrady said,

      December 16, 2019 at 10:40 pm


      I heard Nixon sold his soul to the Rockefeller family between political defeats, and, as their agent, winning the presidency in the United States, he did everything he could to secretly strengthen the globalists to the detriment of the United States. He intentionally “took a fall” in the Watergate scandal—the clumsy and trivial ‘break in’ was against his character, and unnecessary—and it weakened the country and allowed the leftist media to have unquestioned authority for decades. Only now, as we look back, do we see. Nixon was too important in world politics to be merely a nice, introverted man. He played a role. “Privacy,” yes; I could see that being important. If the devil existed, I imagine he would be like Nixon—a pleasant and private man. My parents hated him. They called him “Tricky Dick.” I’m not sure when he first got that nickname.


  3. December 17, 2019 at 3:04 am

    Interesting about Nixon. What my father always used to say about Nixon was that the man was an “opportunist,” and would hop onto the band-wagon of even the most rightwing cause if it became ‘expedient” to do so.
    ‘The protection of life is more important than life.” That reminds me of New York U.S. Representative Barney Frank’s famous description of pro-lifers as “people who believe that life begins at conception and ends at birth.” And of course that was an issue that Nixon flip-flopped on, too. There is some famous footage of him saying, at about the time that politicians were proclaiming their stances on the abortion issue, that he “could not square abortion with his moral views,”

  4. noochinator said,

    December 17, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    I’m wary of making any pronouncements about Nixon, who had a vast and stunning political career, so I’ll quote LBJ instead: “Dick Nixon did for politics what pantyhose did for finger-fucking.” And Ike too, to John Foster Dulles: “Foster, the problem with Dick Nixon is he didn’t screw enough women!” Myself, I can’t get enough of RN and his times, and hope to read sooner than later Pat Buchanan’s book Nixon’s White House Wars and Richard Reeves’s President Nixon: Alone in the White House.

    Here’s some Canadian journos sniffing in distaste at the crudities of LBJ:


  5. noochinator said,

    January 3, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    Nixon is a fine poet too—
    So say the folks at Paris Review :


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