Besiege Wei to Rescue Zhao
by Sam Cherubin

  1. Forgive the closets containing the past:
  2. the table’s veneer peeling away; families
  3. whooping while they cook in their kitchen; kids
  4. encrusted before spraying TVs; roses who
  5. refuse to bloom forever; utopias, ideals,
  6. beatitudes; imperfect mothers, liars, drunks,
  7. addicts; the formers and shapers of life; arms
  8. dealers declaring war; chemical companies
  9. processing food; gene-twisters, anatomists,
  10. bunker-builders, prison-planners, masters of this
  11. mystery school. The father, keeping his son in
  12. the palace, pushing the dead, the sick, the elders
  13. aside. For living in this world, not another.
  14. Those who’ve harmed no one, who come when
  15. called, who reach out, who comfort, who pick
  16. up after others, and never complain. Forgive us
  17. all, those who need forgiveness, and those who
  18. are unforgivable.
Packingtown Review – Vol.15, Spring 2021

Sam Cherubin's poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Green Hills Literary Lantern, Old Crow, Wallace Stevens Journal, Del Sol Review and Palo Alto Review. Sam earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Sam enjoys blending humor, empathy, and curiosity to roll out human-centered Artificial Intelligence technologies.

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