May 8, 2009

Figures, R.Spuler

By Richard Spuler

Figures of speech
would have us say
with Hollywood chagrin
and tough line-liners
(the kind that really
only come to mind
on mornings after).

Figures of silence
would have us act
with pantomimes
and saintly gestures
(the kind that really
only happen once you're
dead and cherished).

Figures of despair
would have us die
severed again with
every drawn breath
(the kind that—pro-
better ratings).

Figures of compassion
would have us live
for having been
at the crossing
(the kind that, if you're
lucky, happens once
before you're dead and cherished).