by Jeffrey Burghauser (May 2023)
Lonely Man on a Dune, Max Liebermann, 1914
Although I’d hesitate to go so far
As to say that life’s a bitch,
It’s certainly no gentleman.
Life is like encountering a ghost:
Only fully frightful if experienced alone.
Extinct love is rather like
Nobody’s forgotten quite so
Completely as a librettist.
Today it feels as though my wife
Is merely out of town;
I then remember that my life
Is like a town … a town.
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Jeffrey Burghauser is a teacher in Columbus, OH. He was educated at SUNY-Buffalo and the University of Leeds. He currently studies the five-string banjo with a focus on pre-WWII picking styles. A former artist-in-residence at the Arad Arts Project (Israel), his poems have appeared (or are forthcoming) in Appalachian Journal, Fearsome Critters, Iceview, Lehrhaus, and New English Review. Jeffrey’s book-length collections are available on Amazon, and his website is www.jeffreyburghauser.com.
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Very trenchant. I enjoyed them.
Excellent- real feeling captured in economy of words. Rare.