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Three Poems from Hal Sirowitz

 

Trying to Get Past Logic

“I love you more each day,”
I told her. “Does that mean

you loved me very little
the first day?” she said.

“No, it doesn’t,” I said.
“But if you love me more

now, then that must mean
you didn’t love me much

to start with,” she said.
“That’d be logical.”

“I’m not talking about
logic,” I said. “I’m

talking about love.”
“Love and logic are

related,” she said,
“the last time I heard.”

“Says who?” I said.
“Says me,” she said.




Proving Our Love

“I love you,” I said.
“Prove it,” she said.

“How come you have
to be so negative?” I said.

“What’s so wrong about
asking for a little proof?”

she said. “That’s like
questioning my faith,”

I said. “I thought you’ve
stopped believing in God,”

she said. “That has nothing
to do with it,” I said.

“But if you don’t believe
in God, how can you

believe in us?” she said.
“Can’t our love be secular?”

I said. “Will that be the end
of mystical orgasms?” she said.



Leaving by the Door

“I enjoy our relationship,”
I told her. “Why do you

call it ours when it’s
really just yours?”

she said. “Are we arguing
about grammar or something

much deeper?” I said. “Whenever
I pose questions, you accuse

me of arguing,” she said. “I’m
only looking for a little clarification.”

“How can you call this my relationship
when you were a willing partner?”

I said. “What you call willing,
I call keeping up appearances,”

she said. “The relationship had
a revolving door,” I said. “You

could have left at any time.”
“That’s not true,” she said. “I

left the relationship many times.
The only way you’d recognize

my departure was if I had slammed the door.”
“Why didn’t you slam it?” I said.

“Because your foot was always in the way,”
she said. ‘I didn’t want to hurt it.”



Hal Sirowitz is the author of four poetry books, including "Mother Said (Crown) and "Before, During and After" (Soft Skull). He has been published in Cliterature, New Vilna Review, Used Furniture Review, etc.


                                                                            
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