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Epigrams II

Epigrams II

Sex Hex
by Michael R. Burch

Love's full of cute paradoxes
(and highly acute poxes).
Midnight Stairclimber
by Michael R. Burch

is at first great sweaty recreation,
then—long, long after the sex dies—
the source of endless exercise.


The One True Poem
by Michael R. Burch

Love was not meaningless ...
nor your embrace, nor your kiss.

And though every god proved a phantom,
still you were divine to your last dying atom ...

So that when you are gone
and, yea, not a word remains of this poem,

even so,
We were One.


The Poem of Poems
by Michael R. Burch

for Beth

This is my Poem of Poems, for you.
Every word ineluctably true:
I love you.


Here and Hereafter
by Michael R. Burch

Life’s saving graces are love, pleasure, laughter ...
wisdom, it seems, is for the Hereafter.


Meal Deal
by Michael R. Burch

Love is a splendid ideal
(at least till it costs us a meal).


Vice Grip
There’s no need to rant about Al-Qaeda and ISIS.
The cruelty of “civilization” suffices:
our ordinary vices.


by Michael R. Burch

And so it begins—the ending.
The narrowing veins, the soft tissues rending.
Your final solution is pending.


The Whole of Wit
by Michael R. Burch

for Richard Moore

If brevity is the soul of wit
then brevity and levity 
are the whole of it.



Faith: falling into the same old claptrap.—Michael R. Burch

Religion: the ties that blind.—Michael R. Burch

Baseball: lots of spittin’ mixed with some hittin’.—Michael R. Burch

Trickle down economics: an especially pungent golden shower.—Michael R. Burch

Poetry: the art of finding the right word at the right time.—Michael R. Burch

Copyright © Michael Burch | Year Posted 2019


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  1. Date: 12/12/2019 2:49:00 AM

    This is poignant and heartfelt. "even so, We were One." Lovely!