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The Answer

Maybe love isn’t the answer
after all
to the question of happiness
which was never part of the plan
when the cells
that would become us
were dividing into our ancestors
who never knew how easy
life would be in the future
with sharp tools and wheels
and gods
we are no longer required
to believe in or praise
for giving us a desire for love
that many of us will never find
so it seems like a good idea
to bury our hearts
in a mass grave dug
with a mass-produced shovel
and seek unconditional devotion
in the divine and perfect form
of cat or dog.










Day One, 2017

I am in love with you
of course
as you would expect
and I am just enjoying
the way the facts
trickle in
to color this black and white
picture I have of you
because when the year
is finished with us
we will both be so muddy
with imperfections
it will be impossible to tell
why I offered you
my love
or why you took it.






Painting by Tom Thomson, “Tamaracks” 1916