2 Poems by Stephen Bett

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 Lift Off 16 : textbook

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I accept
(in this “book
of acceptance”)
 
I accept what
the doctors
tell me—
 
You, love, are
mentally ill
& our time
so abruptly
done
 
I accept,
what else
can I
say?
 
Except that
I still hurt
some days
 
What the fook
else can be
expected?
Bruised
memories
collide,
bruise
again
 
And you are
dying daily
within me
by slivers
(like they
said you
would,
such smart
people &
we are
simply
text-
book)
 
Moving
across its
sheaths
of paper
 
Though the
slivers feel
like shards
at times
—glass
cutting this
very page
you left
blank
 
Back Principles (19) : sapien & cowardly heart
 
Been through the agoraphobic’s
desert, Yuma at 117 degrees
 
Life in the furnace under
a terrifying open sky
(no place to burrow)
 
You say I need to en-
dure the sweat-lodge,
sleep with snakes
& scorpions
at my side
(every fear alive)
 
Live a full week
w/ the Terrors
(find the buddha …
or the christ
magnified?)
 
You say …
you say …
 
And in you I
surely trust
(god help
me …)
 
True soul
touch me,
ease me
(somewhat …)
 
Horror wherein lurks
the desert of my
sapien &
cowardly
heart
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Stephen Bett has had eighteen books of poetry published.  His work has also appeared in well over 100 literary journals in Canada, the U.S., England, Australia, New Zealand, and Finland, as well as in four anthologies, and on radio. Two additional collections are forthcoming: Lift Off: a journey of future tense and Back Principles: a journal of spiritual fatigue(Stephen Bett)
 

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