in the margins

in the margins

by Robin Turner

she wants him
to be happy she wants him
to be happy in his life she wants him to be happy

in his life with her she wants him to be happy in his life
without her unhappy in his life without her she just
doesn’t want him to be unhappy with her

in his life with her don’t cry he says
just. don’t. cry. the deeper pain
in the margins

pushed clean
off every
page

-refers from “the deeper pain in the margins” from Scot Siefel’s poem in the absence of stars tonight, gulls

  1. I love this poem! The line-endings and overall shape of the poem are crafted so well.

  2. Robin, this poem is so powerful. Thank you.

  3. So glad you guys are enjoying it!

  4. I like the pacing of this the same way I don’t like having felt this way. Great poems can do that to you!

  5. Annmarie, thanks so much for taking the time to comment on quite a few of the poems here! We welcome you as a reader, contributor and friend 🙂

  6. Thank you for the kind comments all. Jessie, I have a couple of visual artist friends I hope will send some work your way soon. Stay tuned!

  7. That’s great news, Robin!

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