what use is the proper
use of human beings
to chase after each other
like children after dragonflies
to devote ourselves to each other
like wooden idols on a totem pole
to unlock each other’s mysteries
like keys forged in a closed foundry
to be extreme with each other
like we see on television
to be tornadoes in each other’s way
like those who chase the tail of disaster
or is it to swim with each other, as if
we are eels bobbing in the reefs?
George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat Review, Moria Poetry Journal, Chronogram Journal, Ampersand Literary Review, The Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Havana Times, South China Morning Post, The Buffalo News, and more.
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