Donna the Donor by Richard Tornello


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Post November 19, 2009, 12:52:31 PM

Donna the Donor by Richard Tornello

Her siblings require parts?
Disassembled cut apart.
“It’s my job” she publicly expressed.
“To do my duty to the rest.
I’m born and bred to be fed to those whose needs
by me can only be met. An honor to fete”


I'm seeing Donna as a sort of clone, grown to provide spare parts. Has she been genetically modified to have multiple copies of some organs? Or is she just the unfortunate family member chosen to act as a host for the separately grown spare parts of her family? I see a couple of ways to read it.

The interesting thing about any of these readings though is Richard's comparison of Donna's function to that of a cow. It gives the poem a cannibalistic theme. Is that what we'd be if we started using clones to extend our lives... cannibals?

Donna the doner
Walks as a loaner
Down the street and away.


The repetition of the above stanza helps to create a musical quality to this poem which I like a lot. For some reason I think of Del Shannon's song "Runaway" when I read it. Is that weird? :D

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Post November 19, 2009, 02:31:12 PM

born and bred

This came about in part, pun not intended, from article about people who had children in order to provide organs their other children who need a close blood relative for whatever reason.

Doner and donor have two distinct meanings both interpalyed in this poem.

It's, a sort of, A Thanksgiving Poem.

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Post November 19, 2009, 03:31:39 PM

RT wrote:

Doner and donor have two distinct meanings both interpalyed in this poem.


Doner as in Döner kebab? :lol:

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Post November 19, 2009, 08:14:19 PM

Loaner to Loner

I missed "Doner", but caught the other one.
Loaner to Loner.
Some nicely complex phrasing too.

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Post November 20, 2009, 06:49:27 PM

Tornado Tornello!

Anyone else notice Tropical Storm Richard expanded this issue into a full Tornado?

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Post November 20, 2009, 07:06:25 PM

TaoPhoenix wrote:

Anyone else notice Tropical Storm Richard expanded this issue into a full Tornado?


Richard, I will hold Tao's arms if you want to slap him.
:lol:

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Post November 20, 2009, 07:15:37 PM

Hold that Pun!

davidsonhero wrote:TaoPhoenix wrote:

Anyone else notice Tropical Storm Richard expanded this issue into a full Tornado?


Richard, I will hold Tao's arms if you want to slap him.
:lol:

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DavidsonHero is posting fast and true and clean,
Somewhere just beyond my screen, replying back to me;
It's gonna take a scorcher post to sweep him off his feet!
DavidsonHero is opening Friday Aphelion Style
It's good to the issue taking off like a fire in the blood
It's full of features & poems and it's LARGER than life!
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Post November 20, 2009, 07:55:42 PM

opening move

This is the way it should be. I love it. Everyone has good stuff to read, to consider, and comment on.

Yes this is good.

I'm waiting for June to show up, blood sugar is low, brain is slow, need fuel to get up and go.

Best not to continue until the fuel tanks are loaded.


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