The Eyes Don’t Always Want to Stay Open, Phillip Lopate

The first poem in this book of poetry is titled

“We who are”

we who are
your closest friends
feel the time
has come to tell you
that every Thursday
we have been meeting
as a group
to devise ways
to keep you
in perpetual uncertainty
discontent and
by neither loving you
as much as you want
nor cutting you adrift

your analyst is
in on it
plus your boyfriend
and your ex-husband
and we have pledged
to disappoint you
as long as you need us

in announcing our
we realize we have placed in your hands
a possible antidote against
uncertainty indeed against ourselves
but since Thursday nights
have brought us

to a community of purpose
rare in itself
with you as
the natural center
we feel hopeful you
will continue to make
demands for affection
if not as a consequence
of your
disastrous personality
then for the good of the collective

Copyright 1972 by Phillip Lopate

The above poem was email forwarded to me and i have just been tickled by the sense of humor and humanity in these turns of phrases.

went online to my library’s catalogue to order and read more books written by this author. the author’s photo on the back cover is dated by his moustache and the imprint of the paperback’s cost at $2.50 he looks similar to a young phillip roth.

both men raised in new york state, dark and handsome as much as a single photo can capsule. they are still working writers and have back cover photos that case them in age with lines, deeper expression and proper grey hairs.

been reading men lately
of fiction and nonfiction.
male therapist, check
male director, check
male lover, check
male brother, check
male father, double check


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2 Responses to The Eyes Don’t Always Want to Stay Open, Phillip Lopate

  1. Patricia says:

    perfectly captures neurotic-ism and paranoia.

    you’ve got male!

    • the ego is all that, i agree.

      love me some men these days in may. i fall in love with them with each twinkling eye, open heart and unending conversation to pick up at any time we meet again, both in print and in person.

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