Two Poems

by Jeffrey Burghauser (March 2019)

Man Walking
, Paul Gavarni, 1852-66


An Angel, A Snake


Where the pavery recedes,

Soil’s naked as a nerve.

I walk there, amid my needs,

Causing Earth herself to rave.


What to waive, and what to crave,

Being neither, being both?

Like a snake, and choke to death.




Ovidiu în exil, Ion Theodorescu-Sion, 1915




Not even my nemesis is mine.

Having scanned the hall in proud review,

I said, “Dismissed.” But nobody withdrew.



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