The Reality of Our Times

Photo by Sydney Shaffer

By Sydney Shaffer

There are words we will never hear. We are okay 

with that. Instead of listening, we pose

for pictures that just include us. A foggy chill

whips through the foreground. Trees rustle

in the back. There is enough alcohol to serve 

an entire wedding in this home. We drink 

and wonder how to come to terms with people

who love us not loving the way we live. Yet we smile.

There is no need to cry streams of sparkling black 

tears when we have each other. We cheer on 

the other even from different sides of the world. 

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