Tag Archives: Exclusion

FATE’S LILTING LAUGHTER by Jeffrey Littrell

 

I cannot abide the solitude

turned angry and embittered

by fate’s lilting laughter

 

the silence, deafening

the darkness, luminescent and purple

the torment, etched inside me in indelible ink

 

amid clinking glassware

and the soft-jazz pulse of a martini bar

people chatter and mingle

 

yet there is a clouded vacancy

in all their eyes

if they meet my gaze at all

 

scattered thoughts, disjointed memories

( baby’s breath, seashells, Mateus Rose )

come to mind and quickly flee

 

recollections so surreal

it’s as if it all happened

to some better version of myself

 

leaving me lost

broken and bruised

a casualty to fate’s lilting laughter

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