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Remembrance of Things Imperfect JUPITER

It is the middle
of a perfect August day.

I am running down the stairs,
quickly and excitedly,

We all want to see Jupiter.
It just landed in the centre
of the town square.

There it is,
lying on the smoothly polished
concrete surface,
looking like a shiny marble
I played with earlier today.

It exudes a natural confidence
and displays total control
that only the most powerful possess,
no matter where
life throws them.

A haughtiness of presidents
prime ministers, kings and queens
are strutting round it,
bestowing homage
upon the King of Kings.

Overcome with curiosity,
I try to take a closer look
but am pushed back
by a cordon of security men,
bodyguards and policemen
who have surrounded the planet
and are preventing anyone
from approaching it.

Obviously one needed
a special invitation
to gaze at Jupiter
and my name was not
on the guest list.

As my view
is blocked,
I turn around
in frustration and disgust
and leave,
feeling denigrated
by this turn of events.

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Opal Writers Magazine

NOVEMBER 2021

REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS IMPERFECT : VENUS

REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS IMPERFECT : VENUS

By Boris Glikman

It is the dawn
of a gorgeous autumn day.
I am running down the stairs,
quickly and excitedly,
with my neighbours following me.

We all want to see Venus.
She has just landed
in the back yard.

There she is,
lying on the ground,
trampling the bed of roses.

A flock of cherubs
with stubby wings
flit around her,
welcoming that from which
all Love springs.

I approach with reproach,
ardently wanting to know 
why my romantic endeavours
were never blessed
with her favours.

I peer hard,
trying to see through
her facade,
striving to behold for the first time
the secret concealed
from all mortals,
so that my name may shine out
in glory for ages to come
as the one
who gazed at the true visage of love.

But her expression remains
opaque,
inscrutable,
leaving me no closer
to discovering
the secret of amour.

Image: Bed of Roses
Image Credit: Remembrance of Things Imperfect
(Third Pebble from the Sun Variation on the Main Theme) Alicia Pacheco AKA Kuro

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