From the Archive: Anne Baldo (CAROUSEL 18)

Staff/ August 8, 2020/ Poem


Like Money Everyone Will Use You
& It Won’t Even Matter

Stuck on the tongue,
like the pill
you cannot swallow

your words
are meaningless as
fragmented hieroglyphics
you talk in the calligraphy
of valentines —

beautiful but wasted.

So don’t apologize
for your absence
as you walk away
don’t say

remembering people is so hard.

Reduce us
to a mere glitch of the heart.

I will wait for you
but in the arms of other men.

Anne Baldo‘s short fiction has been published in SubTerrain, Qwerty, Broken Pencil, The Humber Literary Review and The Impressment Gang. She was a finalist for The Malahat Review‘s 2019 Open Season Awards in fiction. Baldo lives in Windsor, ON.

Like Money Everyone Will Use You …
appeared in CAROUSEL 18 (2005) — buy it here

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