Patti Masterman Poems
Anti-Love Poem #1
When you've loved someone,
As much as you're capable of,
Just let them go. Even better,
Don't write about them- ever.
If you must, let it be once only
And let that be as their epitaph.
Let the seasons and the wind
Sweep away the painful memories
Don't try to re-start fire from a faded puff of smoke.
And give yourself some time to recover.
If you must write thousands of lines
About what went wrong, or why,
For gods sake burn it- burn it quickly
Don't leave it lying around for others eyes to see
And for the dance line to start forming behind you:...
Nothing So Rare
Not I, not me,
Not a tooth on a key;
Nothing is separate in this world,
Not he, not she,
Not inland or sea,
Whether still, or breathe:
You can always believe.
Not here, not there,
Not water, not air-
Nothing so rare.