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“This poem is a meditation on love and art on a picaresque journey through a region dominated for millennia by Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Sicilians, and Romans.”

—Jane Miller

Life’s Ironies

Jane Miller

Life’s ironies irritate my afternoon hours like wool. One, I’m in a foreign country in my own head; two, I’m sometimes lonely living with two women; three, people are having sex in shop windows but we haven’t made love in weeks; four, the more Alexis smokes, the better her singing voice; the more I clean up, the more I feel like Alexis’ ashtray; the more I read, the more I lose my place. Unsettled, I get hungry, and remember pears and young Gouda in the refrigerator. I throw down my books. Ironically, given their status as objects, the red pear and the pale cheese are breathing furiously, inhabiting the world I left. All told, the pear is a great relief, luxuriating on a plate as blue as the Dutch flag, with the pungent Gouda such a pure moment of pale yellow!

Copyright @ 2014 by Jane Miller. Used with permission of the author. This poem appeared in Poem-a-Day on June 17, 2014.

Copyright @ 2014 by Jane Miller. Used with permission of the author. This poem appeared in Poem-a-Day on June 17, 2014.

Jane Miller

Jane Miller is the author of numerous books of poems including Thunderbird (Copper Canyon Press, 2013). She teaches at The University of Arizona and lives in Tucson.

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Do you know how long it has been since a moral choice presented itself

and the wrong choice was made

not two minutes

why is it not quiet between lightning and thunder as if someone were asking

do you have other articulable feelings  if so express them now

tragedy ensues

with a laser blast from the cockpit
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For begging beauty
one can hardly blame the artist

sleeping like butter in the sun
taking no action for action

some prefer being a yellow rose petal 
I learned when I traveled

the young poet saying a prayer
is a form of panic