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Interruptions

(a sonnet with interruptions to be read in three fonts and/or heard in three voices)

 

Thou that hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, a grateful heart.

                     George Herbert “Gratefulness”

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I just wanted to call and let you know that last night…

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Give me the heart of a psychopath.

and a mind that doesn’t insist

on doing the hard and cursed´ math

of deleting friends from my list.

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‘Tis better to have loved and lost

Than never to have loved at all.

                      Alfred Lord Tennyson “In Memoriam A. H. H.”

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The doctors are sending her home. They said there’s no more they can do.

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To hell with Tennyson. Just let me weep.

Right now “to have loved” is not better.

Wounds of the heart are wide and deep,

and the taste of absence bitter.

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God’s in His heaven—

All’s right with the world!

              Robert Browning “Pippas Song”

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There were spots on his lungs.

Oh. How many?

I stopped counting at fifteen.

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God does not heaven occupy,

and this world is not all right. 

Browning’s words are a damnable lie.

Each day ends in a night.

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“…followed by just two lines to conclude or resolve the poem in a rhyming couplet.”

The Poetry Foundation Glossary of Poetic Terms, “Shakespearean Sonnet”

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I don’t know what to say.

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Let the resolution be a truth that’s whole.

Sometimes God is good. Sometimes God’s an asshole.

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