Narcissus

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Narcissus

By Annette Benedetti

The widespread epidemic
reveals its presence in an image
of your face captured at arms length
turned this way and that
+++++++++++=to find the
++++++++++++++++++++exact position
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++that
will make them believe
+++++++++++++++what you do not.

Taken from above thins
you out.
+++Jut your jaw
++++++++++forward
to remove the double chin
which when tilted
+++++++++slightly towards the sun
+++++++++++++++with lips gently parted,
makes you look innocent
and enticing
to those who never cared
+++++++++to know you.

Pucker up to hollow out
+++++++++++your cheeks
which used to become round
and warm my hands
when filled with joy.
The way I like you best,
+++++++++but you are no more.

Always looking for the
picture perfect moment
that will make them fall in love.
Like you are falling
++++++++++and falling
+++++++++++++++and falling
+++++++++++++++++++++++in love

as I fall out.

Karma

Karma

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The force created
by a person’s actions.
An ethical consequence.

From birth
to death.

From one life
to the next.

“The arc of the moral universe
is long…” he says.

She says.

Karma
Afterlife
Devine decree

“…but it bends…”

like the spine
one
vertebrae
at a
time.

One man
blinded
by the next.

One life
blind
to the
other.

“…toward justice.”

—Photos and Poem: Annette Benedetti

Quote by Martin Luther King Jr., used in Hillary Clintons first post election speech given at the Children’s Defense Fund event.

Statue:  Karma By Do Ho Suh, located at the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo NY.