The Corner




From lack of love, I will not ever die,

so may the stingy, cold, and lordly rage

imprisoned with pride inside his gilded cage,

conversing with a pretty, blonde, white lie.

And let them lift their glasses, raise a toast

to wish the whole world ill in ancient Greek,

forever finding fault. And let them boast

like Belshazzar who feasted, while the meek,

thin, ragged Daniel fed on yeast-free bread,

while understanding what the king could not,

interpreting what royals had forgot,

seeing the privileged ones were good as dead –

that Love which made this vast, black Universe

his cure for any demagogue’s blank curse.


Jennifer Reeser is the author of six books. Her most recent poetry collection is Indigenous (Able Muse Press, 2018).

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