A poem that is telling me something, what ?

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brownleaf
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   Posted 4/1/2007 4:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I haven't posted for a long long time, but i'm in a strange kind of state of mind, kind of empty with an expectation of filling this space, and this poem caught my attention, it has something to say to me, as i keep reading it, so maybe some of you would like to pull it apart and give me a few idea's,

"From the book by Colin Thompson Laughing for Beginners"

`You are too shallow to drown in,` she said
I looked in my heart and my head.
The words that i wanted were missing,
so i led her by the hand to the bed.
`You are too shallow to drown in,` she said.
I sat there thinking deep thoughts.
I longed for her arms but said nothing.
She cried and went out for a walk,
In the darkness down by the river
She stood throwing dreams at the moon.
`He is too shallow to drown in,` she said
And then went back to the room.
And the love in our hearts unable to fly
Crept away unseen and unsaid.
And the tears in our thoughts unable to cry
Drowned the dreams we had in our heads
`You are too shallow to drown in,` she said.
I sat there unable to speak.
When at last i found the right words,
she'd been gone nearly a week

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   Posted 4/1/2007 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   

I think for me it means that we try and think too much / over complicate things. When we try and think too hard about things (I sat there thinking deep thoughts), we find it dificult say what we mean (The words that i wanted were missing). By the time we realise how simple the situation really is, it is often too late.

Its a very moving poem and I shall continue to think about it. If I come up with anything else, I will let you know. I hope your emptiness fills up too.

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   Posted 4/1/2007 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Well good to see you my friend
Reminds me of many things
Will email my response okay .........

Very much something to THINK about

Luvs ya and miss ya more than words can say .....

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   Posted 4/1/2007 12:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Interesting.

"He's too shallow to drown in"

That, to me, suggests that the poet is self-centered. It doesn't mean that he's incapable of understanding greater meaning, only that his world is narrow. I've felt this way with depression and anxiety, for example. I could never empathize with others as much as I wanted to. Every time someone would tell me about their problems, I'd relate them to myself. "Yeah, I had that once". It's not entirely a bad thing to do that...in fact, it's essential for true understanding. But the protagonist seems to think he's too wrapped up in his own experience.

Shallow, in this case, doesn't mean materialistic or uncaring. It means that the person is dealing with problems and there's not enough room to let someone all the way into his heart. She cannot be consumed with him because he cannot be consumed by her. Imagine for a moment that the poet is an estuary...there's a lot of sediment there (emotional baggage), and the water's simply not deep enough for her to immerse herself.

That's what it says to me, anyway. If that's indeed what it means, it was a very eloquent way of saying it. I like the poem a lot...thanks for sharing.

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   Posted 4/1/2007 8:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the replies, i just thought it was a wonderful poem, and it kind of meant a lot of different things to me, partly to do with a recent experience, which seems to tie into other thoughts and perspectives, I am kind of seeing this as not so much about a person being shallow, rather, how we have learnt to hide away what is beautiful, and have become afraid to show or say what we feel, the fear of risking ourselves, but also how some people will attack these things for little reason but their own fear of their own feelings

My emptiness, is almost pleasurable, more a space where something new can enter, and that is always welcome

Lyn, I will be about a little more, but for some reason my airport connection isn't going very fast, so will have to sort that out first

Have a great day everyone

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   Posted 4/2/2007 5:19 AM (GMT -7)   
You too my friend
SO great to talk to you will have to get the "TeensNight " info newspaper articles and all they have accomplished ..I have kept a journal ( ocd LOL) about every night we meet up so I will send that on as well ....

I got the wall feeling from this and I am good at having walls up not letting ppl in and not allowing them to love me or really get to know the real me
I have done this for so long it is a hard habit to break
Only few and very few get in behind the walls .......you have been one and I am glad you are back
LUVS ya so
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   Posted 4/11/2007 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
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   Posted 4/11/2007 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi brownleaf, So nice to "see" you again :)
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