-Cowardly Apathy-

so you recoil
and resheathe yourself, back into your newly shed skin
damn! I expected more from him!
do you run, my dearest Apathy?
what has frightened you? honesty?
no! again! How much did I just lose?
so go then! That's my price for loving you.

so you withdraw
and protect yourself with tortiseshell hideaways
Goddamn! I'd expected you to wisen with age
my sweetest sweetie, does it return?
have you grown back into what you were? -immature
yes, once more, How much did I just lose?
the rest? the war? That's my price for loving you.

so you have fled
so you have gone, up and left
so you decided we are better off dead

so abandonment
is all I have and what you meant
so you got scared, you off and went

so you have proven you are power
so I have seen a proven coward

Copyright 2001 by Susanne Estelle Hendrickson