Writing through the emotions.

What Good The Love Poem

when the American pastime is a superspreader event
when three strikes gets life
when 18 strikes and taking a life gets outrage
	and the machine walks on
when the polyglot sorrows translate into every ear
when the embrace of poverty is capitalism’s only intimacy
when hopes are relegated to dream-sequences in the latest
	binge-necessary escape
when the wettest kisses are chef’s goodbyes
when mask-hidden smiles are never as loud as angered eyes
when hand-washing is the only hand-holding possible
when the absence-aches and the abscess-aches
	and the wheezing hollows and the hallowed whimsies
	and the old normal and the new normal are/were neither and neither
when the stretch of affection is too close to infection
	and justice is only a word in a dictionary
	and various platitudes
when the time daylight saves just prolongs the drowning

what good the love poem
when the only rhymes
are lamentation and wrath
and goodness and trouble and obduracy

©David Siller – 2021

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