Gus Schreiber


A Person Can Love - Poem by Gus Schreiber

Do you think that I ever did anything
But bury self loathing in between your legs?
You were my penance and I loved you so dearly
Like a coward who suddenly loves God in the hour of need.

The sins of my past found me through you
And I was all too ready to kneel at your alter
Accepting the lashings I knew I deserved
Never thinking whether I owed them to you or another.

And I stuck with you, through lies and deceit
Traversing through tunnels of other mens’ carving.
I spun yarns of your past of such understanding
To make judgment yield and make bitter pain freeze.

You gave me self worth through contrast
And I bathed in the addiction of something new found
Until it molded solid, caking off me so sickeningly
And what I was became what I withstood.

When you screamed and cursed, lied and cheated
Each was a new notch on the belt of my person—
The man of forgiveness, with such sweet understanding
That I suspected, correctly, wasn’t a person at all.

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Comments about A Person Can Love by Gus Schreiber

  • (12/18/2011 1:13:00 PM)


    Intense and emotional. Words seem chosen with care. This is the kind of poem i appreachiate the most. Thank you for sharing it! (Report) Reply

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  • Wahab Abdul (12/18/2011 12:16:00 PM)


    It is a good poem indeed but I have written a little poem 'who loves whom '
    is very funny and interesting
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Poem Submitted: Sunday, December 18, 2011

Poem Edited: Monday, December 19, 2011


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