Magazine | April 2, 2012, Issue

Poetry

WHAT’S REALLY WRONG

Admit it: what disturbs you isn’t flaws

within the grand design, not that or this

ironic fealty to effect and cause

within the cosmic lottery. Dismiss

the phony, brief, and adolescent shock

at guns in terra pacis, torrential rain

leveling every last cultivated block –

phlegmatic and dispassionate. The pain

of dull prevention is your sorrow’s source.

By that which reputations circumvent

facile degeneration on its course,

along with sag and setback and descent,

observe brute effort. Read it. Read and weep.

  Admit it. Flip the page. Go back to sleep.

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

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