Sorrow Interferes With Our Upbeat, Optimistic View of Life and People Who Are Sad Do Not Find Ready Acceptance by Ally Malinenko


I spot them on the street,
far from the school
two teenage boys,
one in tears,
clinging to each other


their coats tangled
backpacks dropped at their feet

fingers tangled in hair
faces touching

their fear unmasked
their sadness real
and meaty
for just a moment
they pass it back and forth
as a thing most dear to them

and I want to grab them both
and tell them,
yes, cry now
for just a moment

but when you’re done
for god’s sake
if they see you do that again
they’ll tear you apart.


About Ally Malinenko


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