Poetry Corner 23 April 2018

 

MAYBE NOT

-Justin de Swardt

Maybe love isn’t love,

Without its courtly pretentions

Its false affections

And its poetry of half-hollow

misdirections.

Maybe love isn’t love,

Without us isolating ourselves into

pairs,

Loneliness and wandering, who

cares?

Making myself into less than you —

our unequal shares.

Maybe love isn’t love,

Without the self-immolation

And without a little pain and

retaliation,

Pushing us away from love’s own —

a promise of salvation.

Maybe love is love

— And all that isn’t still.

 

 

 

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