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Aesthetics of Crying

You meet someone and later you meet

their dancing

                         and you have to start again

You like cat one

                           and you like cat two

and they do terrible things to each other

Once to celebrate a bad mood

we broke all the clean dishes

There are pictures

                              I’d like a portrait

of an angry horse with his beauty

and his fuming

                          It’s hard to know

what you look like when you’re mad

Crying’s easier

                          I have cried at times

for so long that I have moved the activity

in front of the mirror

                                  out of curiosity

The information I gathered there remains

thus far unused

                          but let the record show

my horrible face

Award-winning poet of 'The Trees The Trees'. Author of 'The Crying Book'. Published in The New Yorker, Poetry, & more. Former fellow at Emory.