Papercuts and Scribbles · Florilegium Archive

April 2023 – 3

Poem inspired by Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood, A Good Man Is Hard To Find and Other Stories, and The Violent Bear It Away

Nameless unplaced guilt
expected a secret welcome.

All faces were the same - 
made for money,
always on the move,
like a ghost sprung upright in his coffin.

The English words and the Polish words
coming at each other:
the conversation embarrassed her
in the way sex had her mother.

The Hard Lesson from Life degrees
are cursed with believing.
It takes guts to listen. 

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