"I Am Dying"

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"I Am Dying"

Postby sullengirl » Wed Dec 21, 2011 6:25 pm

I am dying
because you have not
died for me
and the world
still loves you.

I write this because I know
that your kisses
are born blind
on the songs that touch you.

I don't want a purpose
in your life
I want to be lost among
your thoughts
the way you listen to New York City
when you fall asleep.


I am not so sure I understand this poem, and it's bugging me. What are your interpretations? Also, how does this relate to the other poems in his "Energy of Slaves", in which there is, I believe, a kind of continuity?
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Re: "I Am Dying"

Postby Maarten » Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:59 am

Sullengirl,
I have moved your post from the "comments" section to the poetry place. I'm sure people here will give you some thoughts on this poem.

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Re: "I Am Dying"

Postby abby » Thu Dec 22, 2011 6:47 am

I don't want a purpose
in your life
I want to be lost among
your thoughts
the way you listen to New York City
when you fall asleep.

I used to love those lines when I was younger, but I love them more now. I have an image of someone in a dark room in the Chelsea Hotel. It used to be that I wished I didn't want a purpose in the lives of all those assholes who broke my heart, but now it's true. Has someone ever apologized to you for breaking your heart? I received an amends a couple months ago, seven years after the heartbreak. Now I wouldn't mind being an aimless half-conscious thought in that heartbreaker's mind. Do you think the last stanza agrees with the first? I'd say the last stanza comes later in process than the first, but I don't know what the middle one's about. Do you? I love to talk about myself, God knows. Is it that the woman to whom the poem is written loved her own projection of Leonard?
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Re: "I Am Dying"

Postby lizzytysh » Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:52 pm

Was Nico around during the time this was written?
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Re: "I Am Dying"

Postby Cate » Sat May 04, 2013 8:04 pm

I googled the lines that Abby left in "favourite" lines to see which poem it was

I don't want a purpose
in your life
I want to be lost among
your thoughts
the way you listen to New York City
when you fall asleep.

and it took me to this thread!!!! I love when that happens.

I'm not sure what the poem is about but this section reminds me of the "as the mist leaves no scars" - a gentle/light love.
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Re: "I Am Dying"

Postby elizabeth925 » Sun May 05, 2013 1:53 am

This poem reminds me of a candle going out. The last image lingers so beautifully. Oh Leonard, your creativity astounds me.
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Re: "I Am Dying"

Postby Cate » Sun May 05, 2013 3:05 am

This poem reminds me of a candle going out.
What a wonderful description Elizabeth - lovely.
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Re: "I Am Dying"

Postby Tchocolatl » Sun May 05, 2013 5:32 pm

Another song for Janis Joplin?

Joke.

Seriously. I used to see us all like candles burning, perfumed candles going out at the end, out of our short existence, now filling the air forever, though invisible and with no will anymore, just a plain being, being whatever the stuff we tried to made out of ourselves while living.

What an entertainer and a seducer, Leonard, this thin gypsy thief.

So beautiful... Thanks to have bring this here!!!!
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