‘LOVE’S MEMORY’ -A POEM BY JENNIFER MOXLEY !

”Love’s Memory”

How few are the
events in human life
so needful and so
dear that they
succeed
in placating the
causes of our strife—
the empty ache and
slights of worldly
need,
the petty battles over
bits of earth,
the smalltime
mongers dueling for
the dung
of each other’s
constructions,
without breadth
or vision past the
day-to-day, the
strong
yet cowardly tyrants
of our devastated
worth.
If tragedy can awake
the sleeping clock
of our quotidian
compromise, and
fear
repeal our surety,
and we’ll not talk
of change without
them, they’re a
measure dear
for they can demolish
love—potential,
unrealized, or infirm
—which can extend
our possibilities. In
records real
love stores worth
and stems fears that
in the end
the soul’s arrest is
threaded to the
existential.
Records such as
these cannot be
destroyed,
they thrive protected
in the hearts of those
who live on, and
elsewhere, they are
employed
in reveries upon
waking, as foes
against the psychic
harm brought on by
false
friends. Fragments of
our censored inner
life
love files away from
further touch—all
falls
to matter—where
silence lives on as
safe
traces of cut desire
incised in tissue
walls.

JENNIFER MOXLEY.

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