Twilight Dances is a collection of poems which explores the dark side of the human experiment in a serious lyrical fashion.

 

THE IMPERFECT WALL

 

The perfect wall stands before you, an

impediment throwing you back

on freezing in-your–face

permanence.

 

Meanwhile,

in parallel, an imperfection,

a flake, say, or a smudge on the paint,

winks at you to disbelieve this.

 

The coldest notions are cast in forever, like

bondage or the weight of gravity. But water,

often more comforting than not, suggests

passage. Even tears can make us happy.

 

Yet, walls prevail,

 walls protect.

There is danger without walls,

all animals detest danger.

 

There was a man who built a wall so high

it stopped birds from wanting to fly.

 

And the Great Wall of China is not so great

if you can’t get in, or out.

‘Stay away! We don’t make cocktails in this

part of town.’

 

Separation is the essence of a wall,

and we all know we are in love

with separateness.

This is not that

and that is hardly this.

Apartheid is a popular song, always was.

 

There are walls in buildings and walls in rooms

walls on faces

and walls around gloom.

There are even walls between the words we use.

 

‘Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!’ And we

all cheered.

So, walls are things despised, too.

 

But if we need walls, which we seem to,

maybe an imperfect wall is the best we can do.

 

Excerpt From Twilight Dances

Written By Ron Kozloff

Twilight Dances is a collection of poems which explores the dark side of the human experiment in a serious lyrical fashion. The author allows Thanatos, or the instinct toward a worldly death, color many of the poems. There are a total of 140 poems in rhymed and free verse forms. The style borders on the lyrical and romantic.

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Ron Kozloff

Ron is a native of Montreal where he is an ex-professor of language. He has experimented in journalism, theater, and film. He has had published two novels and a memoir, and a recent book of poems. While appreciating all art forms, his true loves are poetry and comedy. Ron lives happily in pleasant surroundings with his lovely longtime companion.

 

© Ron Kozloff

 

 

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