Romella Kitchens

(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

Due To You: The Litany


Due to you, I had an Ereka Badu Winter
my hair wrapped up and my heart broken
wit no emotional glue 2 put it back 2 together
wit

Due to you, the sun was no longer hot, simply
there and birds were no creation I studied without
despise of their ability to wing away from human beings
and their ability to bring the other human being crashing
back down to earth when they had been so in flight.

Wine had no taste to it, due to your degradation of its character.
Bridges sagged spiritually in the middle.
Flowers lay dormant cursing the season and never bloomed.
Old men avoided the season of late love and paid bills and played
draughts instead.

Nothing prostested. Yet little was sustained.
Your wild eyed frenzy of exhortation.
Your charming even the moonlight.

Due to you ancient queens were at best dethroned
I assume.
Guilt and recompense auctioned off in your wake.
Silk became burlap and fondue became bargain peanut butter.
All licked wounds came up the sourest, ugliest salt only
discounted by the burning time and whiskey.

And, you walked away through traffic when done
like breaking a heart was just another Gangland
execution making glib speeches about self-victimization
on your way to another crime scene.

Submitted: Friday, March 07, 2014
Edited: Friday, March 07, 2014

Topic(s): love


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