Sentinel Poetry (Online) #25     2nd Anniversary Issue    December 2004

BARBARA SINEAD SMITH

THE WAR BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE

Tonight just doesn't make sense
I have tried to listen carefully
To mangled truths. I'm tuning in

To my own warped wavelength
Once again. And you have tried too
Patience with an untried phrase:
A dead-reckoning is what you prefer.

We are tired now of trying and
So the conversation begins
For real. I tell you moribund tales
And you laugh: "That can never be

As long as you are here with me."
You say. But still I am unconvinced
By darkness and the smell of summer
Turning in the wake of our betrothal.


OF BLACK BIN-BAGS

You are the infinite shape
Of zero, filling the cracks
Of a path I've forgotten.

You are sandy worm-casts
On an outgoing tide, marred
By salted stretch marks

You are sweeps of sound
Disturbing my slumber:
Moths, flies and daddy longlegs.

You are a yawn and
An arching, a swept eyebrow -
Stray haired, unplucked.

I have fallen into tomorrow:
I am the consort of
A wasp-lined nest.


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