The September Sonnets: XIX

is obligatory misery to much to ask for
after the roof caves in?;
when the ivy growing on the back door
becomes the poisoned kind again?;
when the porphyry breaks into pieces
that no one sweeps up?;
when the poems we write become facetious;
or when i think of how you tup?

is it so much to ask that you hide
your illustrious smile?
i cannot read when it's light out.
when you arise, i smell your pride
and your detached denial:
what do you have to be miserable about?

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