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Gale Acuff—I don't want to die, ever, then I'd miss

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Art by Bernice Holtzman 2021

I don't want to die, ever, then I'd miss

 

by Gale Acuff

 

the rest of my life that I'll never have,

that's what I told my Sunday School teacher

and she laughed and laughed and laughed, not with me

I wasn't laughing―but at me, but then

maybe that's okay, some attention is

better than none, I guess, especially

when you're in love, which maybe I am though

she's 25 to my 10 but one day

I'll be so old and she still not so much

that we can get married, if she'll have me

but if she's already spliced I'll sack her

husband (but I won’t tell her) and when she's

over her grief I'll propose and she'll say

Sure but if not I'll sack myself. That's love.

 

 


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Art by Bernice Holtzman 2021

Gale Acuff has had hundreds of poems published in a dozen countries and is the author of three poetry collections. He has taught university English courses in the US, China, and Palestine, where he teaches at Arab American University.


Bernice Holtzman’s paintings and collages have appeared in shows at various venues in Manhattan, including the Back Fence in Greenwich Village, the Producer’s Club, the Black Door Gallery on W. 26th St., and one other place she can’t remember, but it was in a basement, and she was well received.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2021