r l swihart

There is much beauty here
because there is much beauty
--Rainer Maria Rilke
You've extorted meaning
You've had to

You've worried the talisman
in your pocket to death

In order to tempt you
the soul-slayer has spliced in

dark clouds
death rattles
rotting cities
and child abductions

If you wanted to you could
easily jump from this incorrigible
heap --

but you won't...

In lieu of a thousand angels
a few sonorous words

Location: Long Beach, California
Occupation: High School Math Teacher
Email: rls.aaz-s@worldnet.att.net
Publications: Arbutus, Richmond Review, Snow Monkey, Three Candles, Niederngasse, etc.

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