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Contributor Series 3: Resolution and Resolve, My Boyfriend Coughs up Platitudes


01.05.10 Posted in Contributor Series 3, today's words by

Contributor Series 3: Resolution and Resolve
My Boyfriend Coughs up Platitudes
By KJ Hannah Greenberg

My boyfriend coughs up platitudes.
His frenetically managed public statements,
Insinuate much about moderation’s sensibilities,
As pertain to middle-aged matrons.
“Run,” urge my friends, “return to service.”

Elsewhere, the need for social change,
Sweetens days grown dusky with
“Read-to-me” stories meant for grownups.
Brief chapters were ne’er the province of women or tow heads.
“Quick,” advises my family, “take cover.”

At present, politics play heart chambers.
Philosophy’s okay for classrooms, but
Road-ready rhetoric surpasses quips on the mat.
Loving needs be managed by words gently spoken.
“Abruptly,” recommends my gut, “abandon this project.”

KJ Hannah Greenberg’s poem Living as Though It Matters appeared at vox poetica in 2009.



One Response to “Contributor Series 3: Resolution and Resolve, My Boyfriend Coughs up Platitudes”

  1. Sarah says:

    I love the quotes that end each stanza.

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