Online since August 2002

The Birthday Party

RaynRoberts is found in print and online at Rattle, Rattapallax, Retort Magazine, The Sow's Ear Review, Voices in Wartime, PoetsWest, Thunder Sandwich, The Pedestal Magazine, Void Magazine, Poet's Corner in Fieralingue and many others. He appears in four anthologies. In 2006, Evolving Editions Press in New York included him in its "Illuminations" series. His newest book, “Of One and Many Worlds,” from Poetic Matrix Press came out in August 2006. In 2003 he published "Jazz Cocktails & Soapbox Songs". He is the author of “The Fires of Spring”, a collection of Buddhist poems written in South Korea where he teaches English to university students. Visit his web site.

Love is a happy hopeful thing
Bright as a Mexican birthday party,
A ring of children under a piñata
Blindfold on a boy eager to swing,
With reckless fury and dizzy glee
He flails the air for a paper dove
Down and up on a rope, then crack ...
A hole in the beak, a tear in the tail,
A wing rips out and candy descends
To boys and girls on hand and knee
Clutching for sweets to a bitter end,
The crumpled form on the floor
A heap of color moves no more,
Oh happy hopeless little wing,
Love is a battered, broken thing.

Published September 2005


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