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When you badmouth the world and human beings
I sigh and nod like I’m wise instead of blessed.
How to defend a sunset or soap bubbles
floating across the park? My agreement is
not fake yet always stings as if someone dissed
my hometown team. As if I care about sports.
I might be a monster for tolerating
heinous imperfections that have yet spared me
and fed my gratitude for bright workday
commutes, ducks grazing the edge of the river.
Even the humans I enjoy most are not
who I thought, including us both. Like a child
of quarreling parents I eat all blame since
this is my dream. When strangers dance in the street
and hug I don’t know what they’re celebrating
but it seems like a good night to be alive.
Copyright 2019 Ziggy Edwards
Ziggy Edwards is a poet and political activist who lives in Pittsburgh. She and her son Jude edit the online poetry magazine Uppagus.