Vicious Circle Ghazal

Jane Elias


The overlong film love ended many times.
Once and for all
, you said many times.

There's a rumor run wild that forever's passé—
still news to those who've wed many times.

As if every broken tether broke us free for this.
Too bad it's a line I've been fed many times.

Past-life queen, elm, gazelle—oh,
the rebirth glitch: being dead many times.

Shit, Jane, glum's gone the way of the dodo,
have you tried blithe instead? Yeah, many times.

Jane Elias received her BA in English from Duke University and her MFA in creative writing from New York University. She has work forthcoming in the Winter/Spring 2009 issue of The Southampton Review.

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