April 22, 2024
Cruel Balance, Poem by Sharon Gerald  
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Cruel Balance

This is you, teetering here–

bitter yesterday's coffee

and a spoon of sugar, everything

repulsive and desired.

This is you, a headache

at the party, a joke at the meeting,

a backward glance

where it should never have gone.

This is you, absolute hopeful

arriving with the afternoon mail,

but that one pain occupying places

inside it can never give up.

This is you, on the edge,

staring at creek water with a thirst

for desert sunset, sleeping through

marathons of regret, awake

in the hidden folds of the night.

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