Appetites Vary – By Robert H. Harbridge
If I offer you
All my love
To feed upon
And you waste
The better half,
Should I remind you
Of the starving humans
Hungry for love
If it’s truly love,
Wouldn’t I smile,
Wipe the crumbs away,
And offer you
Happy birthweek dad. I miss you. I realized this morning as I read your book of poetry.. why I like..Â ellipses so much…..
As a girl
I was dancing with it…
writhing amid the seductive and elusive mantra
of my parents beatnik generation.
Holding court in a JC Penney catalog livingroom
of the “be different” times.
Wisps of smoke and trails of mother earth
watching the children…
Of all heights.
It’s cameo appearance- when we could all see-
a burst of gunpowder, a crimson soak upon a lilac carpet
that used to be in my room.
Beneath my little frightened jump in the bed before the boogieman
reaches from it’s lair.
a padding for a sister who could not stay behind the safety bunk bed bar-
it saved many a cracked head.
In this light perhaps it beckoned that which we thought it protected.
Wanting to feast upon the truth and innocence of a youth.
The succulent inner workings of a mind so open.
Thirsting for less tainted tissue to nourish its fibers.
Wanting to be fed colored and stained by the easy breath
of the suddenly dead.
The truth looked upon its loyal masses:
the televised many who had sung its praises.
The extra padding important during the purchase
soaking up each drop of warm life seeking earth.
The knees upon the final resting place shrieking
to a god truth had disallowed.
Feeding each parishioner a healthy dose of the right now.
You begged for it.
Drink it in.
As in any attempt to hide the little girl winced as
deceiving hands scrubbed what remained
and dried with a towel of lies.
-RIP Sean Christopher Harbridge 1960 – 1971