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February Son: Pretending Out Loud (2017)

February Son: Pretending Out Loud (2017)

A Poem by Wesley Dingler

could we imagine the echoes of light now

are still really stars somehow?

i could really use a friend right now;

another to pretend out loud

that everything'll be all right somehow?


i guess my mom would say, "it all depends, son"

and she's the one who told me, "just pretend, son"

and that's what i did, but so many aren't keeping up

even when it seems like so many are creeping up


on me from behind

just as i can see the finish line,

and i know too well this world doesn't claim me a friend,

and who knows, they may actually hang me in the end,


but for now, ladies and gentlemen,

could we make peace and just pretend?


yes, just pretend



could we imagine the echoes of light now

are still really stars somehow?

i could really use a friend right now;

another to pretend out loud

that everything'll be all right somehow?


because i tried it with a pseudonym;

gave him a name and even put a suit on him;

then someone came and they sewed over him;

now his voice is as mute as an old hymn


so now it's back to just wesler el,

(the word-wrestling heckler from hell)

and it looks like i'm at the top of my game,

but to what success if no one i know feels my pain?


they know as well as i

that if i don't swell or die

or stand to meet the cut

then it's back to slinging dough at Pizza Hut


so for now, ladies and gentlemen,

is anyone up for a game of pretend?


© 2020 Wesley Dingler


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As a mother myself, I enjoyed the voice of the mom and how that was a call to be oneself and just keep moving forward. There is definitely a sense of the importance of moving forward even when it doesn’t seem the easiest or most intuitive response.

I also like the way you call to others. Inclusion. We need ways to speak to one another just now that help us to remember important things.

Nice work with this.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wesley Dingler

2 Years Ago

Thank you, Ellis. That was a well-rounded review.
Yes, it was intended to call to others, jus.. read more



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I enjoy the rhythm of your poetry. You have a unique style.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wesley Dingler

2 Years Ago

thank you, Lady, and thank you Cherrie.
you've both made my day.
Don't know why it too.. read more
Coffee Lady

2 Years Ago

You are welcome. Thank you for sharing! :)
In this world of fast paced thru living it is hard to get folks to slow down and ponder. Turn off the TV set down the phone and dream with a friend.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Being a rhyme-aholic myself, I admire how your rhymes are creative & unusual. I'm also envious of how you write a poem with strong rhyme & rhythm, yet it has no sing-song effect, instead deeply serious & thought-provoking with well-placed pauses for emphasis & interesting enjambment. As for the message, it reminds me of the way most people will pretend, in order to keep the peace, which allows for community, which most people crave. I am a loner, so I would rather be alone with the truth than be in a room full of people who are pretending. Powerful food for thought (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wesley Dingler

2 Years Ago

Thank you, Marjie. I always enjoy reading your interpretations. Your reviews are always awesome.
barleygirl

2 Years Ago

Thanks! That means alot to me! *smile*
Very poignant musings, stirring up long-buried aches. The themes in this poem are ones many people are familiar with, and they are presented in a very relatable yet powerful way.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wesley Dingler

2 Years Ago

Thank you very much, Clifford. And let me apologize to you for taking so long to answer back.
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As a mother myself, I enjoyed the voice of the mom and how that was a call to be oneself and just keep moving forward. There is definitely a sense of the importance of moving forward even when it doesn’t seem the easiest or most intuitive response.

I also like the way you call to others. Inclusion. We need ways to speak to one another just now that help us to remember important things.

Nice work with this.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wesley Dingler

2 Years Ago

Thank you, Ellis. That was a well-rounded review.
Yes, it was intended to call to others, jus.. read more
A game of pretend. Always entertaining. I liked the thoughts and the logic of mama. Thank you Wesley for sharing the amazing poetry.
Coyote

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wesley Dingler

2 Years Ago

I actually wrote several Feburary Son poems, each with its own title. The same as this one is preten.. read more

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I was born in Central Alabama February 27, 1985. I'm a Piscean and love it. I began writing poetry and child stories at age nine. I began home schooling after the Sixth Grade, having a lot of troub.. more..

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