Damian Patterson

Bitter Words With Myself

I sit across myself in the diner
The smugness that radiates from my face
Sickens me.
Do I feel the same about me?
I wonder to myself.
We both
Dip our lit cigarettes in the ashtray
Like they were pieces of food that we
Had rejected.

“Who do you think you are? ” I
Ask myself. “I’m you.” I answer.
“Well how did it happen? ”
“Simple, he died? ”
The burst of empathy that would bleed out
apparently died as well in
this fellow that is me.
“He had a daughter who is
your sister, a wife
who is your mother.
How could you not care? ”
“I never said I didn’t care
but what could I have done? ”

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Poem Submitted: Monday, June 11, 2007
Poem Edited: Thursday, March 10, 2011

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