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Sincere Poem

Anthony Robinson

It is difficult not to go on, but I know it must end,
Know it like I know the peony and the dry heave,
Feel it coming on, as if a fever, or sharply, a cramp.

So much of the program is arbitrary—these lines,
Arranged just so as if to appear as something more
Than you’ll let them be. They belong to me

And that is the problem. I want to go on and on
Like the sun that Kenneth Koch wrote about but
Didn’t really write about. I want to make love,

Not to an idea of you, but to you, and feel like
The speaker in Koch’s poem “Locks.” When I
Explain the locks to you, and how each works,

All the effort will stop being wasted. It seems so
Simple—of course it is not. The day conspires against
Us, and the night throws stars at us, keeping me

Away—I’m afraid to burn; keeping you away—you’re
Afraid to see me in the light. The new necessity hasn’t
Reached you yet. It’s traveling quickly, though,

It follows the lightning, ends with a clap or a great
Boom. By then I’ll be long gone. I’ve got a plane
To catch, or a wing to grab hold of, a night to destroy.

Anthony Robinson

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