G.S. Allen

Post Optimism - Poem by G.S. Allen

Post Optimism

You write me from
the abandoned island
of your pain, the
cold sea and boulders
near which you remain

Your letters
raggedly opened, gone brown
fill up a dusty shoe box –
reading the words again
couldn’t imprint them deeper

on the handmade paper
of my guilt:
milky cellulose
and blood pressed out
to form a fibrous pink

I’ve grown weary
in the hours thinking
of what was – paroxysm,
then vilification
of the hallowed belief

I willed you become,
not by devilish artifice
but the magic of my need
finessed before an audience
applauding you instead of me

How many more years
should I receive these words
take them in
and give them a home
like a Samaritan his orphans

children of conflicted lands,
their imprisoned parents
sending them off
with hunger and confusion,
a peaceful future promised

The letter box
will be here I’ll say
but I’ve a mind to burn it
atop some autumn leaves
would crackle with the spirit

of a sacrificial skin
the season had worn, parading
in paraffined, pastel hues
to adorn a chemical marriage
Sun infused with fading


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, June 14, 2008

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