Where Love Will Need No Proof
by Kitty Jospé
In the slipstream of s-t-r-e-e-t
an obese man strolls on a wide strada,
not eager to have much to do
with people … perhaps because
of his steamship size…
and sees a trim woman—
the one he saw sniff
rutabaga at the store.
Chances are, a soft tap
of sunlight won’t make a kiss
of difference to either one.
Her heart, withered by bitterness
once was light as a paper avioncito—
but any propellers are lost in the
rubble of what’s left.
He doesn’t know anything but lyrics
on this s-t-r-e-e-t.
each other, have come
to know what fat and lean protect.
They live in a time of Tweets, twisted takes a so-called
leader has taken to Twitter the way some take to drink
and read instructures…
I mean instructions,
from Sun Yung Shin
to put their names
in a volcano, to make a series of signals … as cli-
mate threat and mass ex-
tinction no longer are fictions.
They recognize those who can
only read … me cutting off
name … and what will become
cl I m ate and everything but
double i in extinction.
They find a bench … he lowers his bulk,
carefully. She makes cryptic
remarks, not about him, but
those who broke her heart.
She’ll have nothing to do with love.
how she takes his arm as they rise,
carry on in the slipstream.
Kitty Jospé is a retired French teacher who received her MFA from Pacific University. She has been a docent at the Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, NY, since 1998. Since 2008 she has moderated a weekly poetry appreciation meeting at two branches of the local library. She has published six books, and her poems appear in numerous publications and anthologies.