Plot Twists in Brief

by David M. Alper

     as the fire casts shadows
                    hushed sweetness
          of a relentless creation as it is
          a fiendish romance
             this crying
           going through the motions
               judging the writer's dreadful implications
      you ask how it is
          lost in the savage imaginings
                    I've inherited the sadness of love
          weeks after
             I've pondered your omens
          in savage chains
                  who of us was unprepared for a stubborn pretense
              and who was drifting through space
       as a little carelessness sneaks in
                 nothing happens
                 we talk of the same craziness
                 you and I
                       and you
                     you're trying to figure things out
           the business of what's possible
          a foul indifference
          as we brush up on sadness
           true enough
          in broken places
          I am an easy target
                       as the bubble bursts
          things are rougher every day

David M. Alper is a high school AP English teacher in New York City, residing in Manhattan. His work has appeared in Oxford Magazine, OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters, Sheila-Na-Gig online, and elsewhere.

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