Alexander Hawkins

A Musing - Poem by Alexander Hawkins

An explanation, not a justification.

A joke too soon mocking the latest rent-a-grief victim,
unnecessary fiddling with cutlery and then, suddenly, blue air.
I can't really explain why I wasn't listening…

maybe it's an old habit? Important stuff is being disclosed,
the whole gamut of emotion, and yet all I can do is say ‘Yeah'
and nod at Pinteresque pauses in our conversation.

If I'm not listening then the explanation can only be self-justification.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, August 25, 2012

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