A Stiff-Necked Table Partner 2012

A Stiff-Necked Table Partner


We sit beside each other lunching.

He can’t turn to face me

Without rotating his shoulders, hunching.

He simply cannot turn his head.

Unhappy.  Mornings bad,

(He told me) a depression comes and goes.

He’s anti-God.

He wears the same clothes

Day by day

While new ones clothe the closet.

Loyal to the scientific,

(He needs proof)

Pragmatic, concrete, melancholic,

Life-technique oblique,

A fast-eroding stonework,

He is stiff-necked.


A Stiff-Necked Table Partner 12.17.2012

Birth, Death & In Between II; Special People, Special Occasions; (O)

Arlene Corwin





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