Lisa Nielsen and Jay Young Gerard

Jay Young Gerard
“Center and Right Reflected”

Inspiration piece

The Art of Loneliness
By Lisa Nielsen


The art of loneliness festoons out
in rows of hope’s castaways
Not a single impediment left unshielded.
We beautify, we mend, then
tend to forget
we are not these things —
But we slather anyway.

He rummaged and with claw-fisted victory
Thought he found you

She was tepid at best
But loved masquerade

He is yours and not yours
He is mine in slotted time
I sniff from your top shelf
And dab at your fancy creams
Your scent and my sweat on your sheets
This is exactly what it seems


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