Of The Meaning...

Poem By Theresa Haffner

of the meaning of love
thought streams trail loosely
shrill cat screams cut across midnight alley
car horns arabesque in the moonlight

of the purpose of existence
a tangled miasma of dirty laundry
mixed with strands of seaweed
hung from a mermaid’s torso

of the understanding of knowledge
cellar mice laugh at the uneaten cheese
trashers pick the dipsy dumpster
clothes pins on a daisy chain clothes line

of the reason we argue
cellophane candy wrappers
rolled into a ball the size
of chicago that ate the planet jupiter

why we stay married
the dog grew too big for the bone
and buried the moon in the
back yard

of the larceny of hatred
the city slenderly leaks
bracelets and necklaces
of toy balloons and
seersucker pajamas

of wealth and poverty
zig zag cigaret papers
left over from last night’s
zany after hours office party
the halloween witch
electric broom kazoom

of the acquisition of wisdom
cookie crumbs geomantically divine
the fortune of children’s games
with game duck hunters

why we write poetry
a slice of a gone world
we don’t stand a chance
before the lunatic fanatic
rhinoceros of eugene ionesco
hopeless understanding

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