Monday, May 2, 2016

POEM: "Aurum"


                        for Amy Liu

Man’s good fortune
and entitlements
remain unknown
amidst all the bounty
when incompletion
is the sullen news

When tedium replaces
the last dinners
of what we hold dear
by dearness missed
whatever is, is not
consequence is no cook

Picture please
an open-mouthed girl
moving sleep
quietly dreaming an arc
beyond the rainbow
beyond discussion or love

Picture please
ice walls and frozen gold
inside the standard
we teach the children
who hide against
the day they have to pay

A wise friend told me
keep a distance
and it soon becomes
the only way between people
as meanwhile
the world gets colder and colder.

© 2016 Rob Schackne

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