where you hide
broken pieces of yourselves,
fragments stolen from others,
tokens of your gods.
interiors draped with make-believe
to shield bogus souls
inhabiting glassed-in houses
founded on thin air.
the cheapness of words – they pile
like leaves, the dark side of caresses –
they come to blows, the lie of harmony –
when conflict sells each channel.
reflections of reality
adrift on an irreal plane, smiling
stranger-faces like clouds
promising rain, spreading drought.
stringing pleasures and talismans
onto shiny chains bound
to drag the gullible to bondage.
competing dreams, diverging lives,
love assailed by possessiveness--
embattled insight slip-sliding
into the black hole of paralysis.
Darrell Petska's poetry has appeared in Muddy River Poetry Review, Chiron Review, Star 82 Review, Verse-Virtual and widely elsewhere (see conservancies.wordpress.com). Darrell has tallied a third of a century as communications editor for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 40 years as a father (six years as a grandfather), and almost a half century as a husband. He lives outside Madison, Wisconsin.
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