I’ve Had Only Cruel Lovers


I hurt once and for all
Into silence, I retreat into
Ivory Towers, inner strength
To find sustenance, against abandonment

I have no more praise left –
For the friends who have left
Let me cry Help beside you
Mostly by seeking to aid you

I hurt once and for all
After heartbreak, I feel the great distance
Between me and all of society
I hurt once and for all

The wed red tongued alienation
Of bitter defeats, judged not desirable
I have no honor, as a son even
I hurt once and for all

After dysfunctional family ties
Linger like morbid displays of duty
I hurt once and for all
As an angry teacher of human cruelty

I have no more patience left
For rejection, for honesty
I hurt once and for all, by default
The smell that burning cities give
Of hearts left alone in their toil.

3 thoughts on “I’ve Had Only Cruel Lovers

  1. Beautiful and wrenching,Wuji, especially the part about dysfunctional families. Nicely done!

    On a side note, though, Mikels does have a valid point. It shouldn’t be that difficult to find the artist who took any photos you use. It would be a simple common courtesy to highlight the artistry of that particular artist.

    I, for one, being a fine artist working in acrylics, would not want anyone out there to use an image of my paintings unless they at the very least give me credit for the image.

    I do enjoy your poetry, but please do consider locating the sources for the exquisite pictures that accompany your fine work.

    Just a thought shared, artist to artist.


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