Florilegium Archive · Papercuts and Scribbles

March 2021 – Charming Billy

Poem inspired by Charming Billy by Alice McDermott

Her courage, or her beauty,
drank their coffee with their meal--
there are faster and more pleasant ways of killing yourself.

Thirty years with a mistaken belief;
to be a liar and a believer
we never knew.

Nagging his dead wife
a wicked humor tumbled into his face.

Money that poured down like sunlight
in the middle of her dark fairy tale
the moon and stars encircle her head;
her madding calm
was a poor sort of love.

Living isn't poetry. 

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