The Answer Is No Answer (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 2 Nov 2023 in Art, Poems

Oil painting of three naked figures frozen




The Answer is No Answer


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Milton the cold caller does better

With notes in his own hand and a pin, a survivor’s pin

To finger and his friend Chalmers

Feels that he will never laugh

Stop this silence, stop it now

Animalist nations, their guns broken open

The dogs so loud, the brushwood flashes bohemian birds

Red-tipped when the otter reappears

A terrible moment of thorns buried along the roadway

A discarded lighter and dumbstruck sons

Of many honed in pink coats, say “hello”, lips an “o”

Pursed where cigarettes and drinking straws

Have been withdrawn

I am sorry about that

Is it all you have to say

“I am sorry about that, sorry.”

But they, are buried like Pompeiians, blanketed by ash

And always their mouths say omission

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“Really, I only worry about my job.”

Downstairs the house is silent




The Answer Is No Answer

Stylized photo of skates and raysFill It Up Again














(2016, Stephanie Foster)




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