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FIGMENTS IV

by Ken Harnisch

MORAL EQUIVALENCE

 

 I found you insufferable;

You found me bedding the neighbor’s wife;

We’re even

 

           

SIGN OF A VAST INTELLIGENCE

 

 

I could gaze in quiet astonishment

At the crimson breast of the robin

For hours, while wishing that

The black-speckled starlings who shit on

My car were dead, dead, dead

 

It is the sign of a vast intelligence,

Supposedly, when one can hold

Two wholly contradictory

Opinions in one’s mind at

The same time.

 

 

JOHN KERRY, GARDENER

 

When one beats around the bushes

Rather than cutting them at the roots

One finds they are awfully difficult

To extricate.

 

12/06/2004

Author's Note: Another in the series of micropoems inspired by my muse, Edna St. Vincent Millay

Posted on 12/06/2004
Copyright © 2021 Ken Harnisch

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 12/06/04 at 07:27 PM

Thought provoking material Ken; kinda scary actually in the lack of intelligence from characters supposedly intelligent.

Posted by Melissa Arel on 12/06/04 at 07:53 PM

It's different. :)

Posted by Amy Niggel on 12/07/04 at 06:23 PM

Heh I like it. :)

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