Behind a Sigh
I'm alone with back holes disappointment copes with the meanness hiding from hours of uncertainty naturally yes if I play down what ifs I'll stand still with the sorrow continuing lousing everything up was it darkness in an inherited fashion was it chaos for so long though surely this isn't the future we hoped for though it's a test of faith as it all ends I'm struck by an orange absurdity as the clock runs out all the bells are tolling love is so much mediocrity disillusionment is what it is a horrible weeping for some time the probability of a fiendish obstacle absorbed by the language of ghostly insinuations
David M. Alper’s forthcoming poetry collection is Hush. His work appears in Invisible City, Quibble, Scapegoat Review, and elsewhere. He is an educator in New York City.