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Monday, February 26, 2018

Cash For Gold

Before you dashed with me through
Fish-scale pours of tropical storm
In the falling-down city I felt
Too long like a king of an unsettled
And marshy land, but dried in the sad
Victorian room by the sea I was better
For a while, where pink bouquet
Wallpaper shed from damp walls
Like gluey shadows in the corners
And the gold-framed painting
Over the rolled-in mattress
Was a nervous antique rash
Of silver moonlight and drenched sand.

I dreamed slowly on my side
As the restless squall billowed
The white gauze curtains
And they danced and beat all night.

In the morning, the rain went on
And a drenched seagull perched like a statue
On the next roof. We heard
Someone beyond the wall
Quarrel about money
And later heard another
In a car who laughed and whooped
About a new house and drove off.
In the noisy diner I wonder
Why we never talk about money
Until it's gone. Is it because something's
Wrong with us? Something's wrong
With us. I always knew it. I still
Love you. And look, the lights
Are turning red down the rainy avenue.
Ernest Hilbert
Topic(s) of this poem: poverty
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