Melancholy Hyperbole

Poetry about longing.

she refused to meet him

even to be near
to questioning friends she
pointed out
poetry and mystery are lost
to those familiar with details
more so when familiarity results
in unwanted information
mystery is precious
suggesting more than it declares
the impressionists painting’s
hazy illusion of lake
allows dreams of unknown world
but travel there:
with its dead fish, trash
rocks that wound—
will it be as beautiful

Michelle Hartmanʼs poems have been published in Plainsongs, The Pedestal Magazine, and Raleigh Review, as well as over fifty other journals and fifteen anthologies. Her poetry book, Disenchanted and Disgruntled, from Lamar University Press is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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