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Richard de Nooy

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Five Twitter Poems | Your Grim Equation

Poets will lie to you
about love and
compare it to a
butterfly or some
other colourful
flora or fauna
that dies too soon
but love is forever

And so you hit the lab and put
your grim equation to the test
beam + rope + body = X
But where does
gravity fit in
and how?

My mother is building a monument
bigger than the Great Pyramid of Giza
reducing my mind to desert
my memory her loyal slave

I’d tell you about
my mom’s death
her raised hand
and final sigh
but the tell is too long
and the while too short
for now, now-now, just now

Eternity poem


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