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Friday Night Hour

Is it spectacle I’m avoiding

in a logic of surrogacy,

pharmakon gauntlet trees,

corrosive golds, birds in flexed design,

lifting, standing in for an evening

gathered with couples

or taking in a film? Bite me,

charred gusts, as I, solo,

open a window to light’s shank,

to Venus, lone & salt-stung earring.

The etched in wretched. Sure.

Inward hardly mean no drama.

But it’s a different kind of transit:

day’s demise that shows us we’re alive.

from OrexiaFind it in the library

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Published in Lisa Russ Spaar Poems

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