Besiege Wei to Rescue Zhao
by Sam Cherubin
- Forgive the closets containing the past:
- the table’s veneer peeling away; families
- whooping while they cook in their kitchen; kids
- encrusted before spraying TVs; roses who
- refuse to bloom forever; utopias, ideals,
- beatitudes; imperfect mothers, liars, drunks,
- addicts; the formers and shapers of life; arms
- dealers declaring war; chemical companies
- processing food; gene-twisters, anatomists,
- bunker-builders, prison-planners, masters of this
- mystery school. The father, keeping his son in
- the palace, pushing the dead, the sick, the elders
- aside. For living in this world, not another.
- Those who’ve harmed no one, who come when
- called, who reach out, who comfort, who pick
- up after others, and never complain. Forgive us
- all, those who need forgiveness, and those who
- 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.