tell me a story that ends well
and is real. love
succeeding, cancer beaten, the recipe
that turns out perfect
the first time. men will compete
at anything, and I
will watch them on the TV. I want things
to turn out
right. so I watch I Shouldn’t Be Alive
I Shouldn’t Have Survived because
in the end
they did. and by “shouldn’t” they don’t mean
“I wish I hadn’t,”
at least not in the interviews that make
the show. the boys
dragged out to the ocean’s center in the dinghy
with no phone, no
snacks, no sunscreen, no mother—they all
made it back. and I
like that. I carry almonds just about everywhere
though they won’t help
in the case of a bear attack. it’s not that I don’t
have hope, I do. it’s just
that things have not been going my way of late.
I would like to stop
believing in love. or alternatively, to have proof.
out of the hundreds
of people I know, I know two happy couples. I want
a deeply romantic attorney
and some licorice. I want a baby. I want to stand at the edge
of a rooftop overlooking the city
at dawn and say, I shouldn’t have survived this.
just look at me now.
Faith & Hope
Love & Relationships
a figure of speech in which words repeat at the beginning of successive clauses, phrases, or sentences
The repetition of similar vowel sounds that takes place in two or more words in proximity to each other within a line; usually refers to the repetition of internal vowel sounds in words that do not end the same.
the absence of a conjunction (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so…) between phrases and within a sentence
two lines of verse, usually in the same meter and joined by rhyme, that form a unit
Ironic understatement in which a positive idea is expressed using a negative of its opposite.