Audio Poem: “What Do You Know of Unhappiness?”

Year Written:  2006
Collection:  The Salt Flats

What Do You Know of Unhappiness?

What do you know of unhappiness
you slathering happy fools?
You with your gallon lattes
Bermuda shorts from last fall
tailored Dolces that smell like
leather
and candid cellphone snapshots,
what do you know of unhappiness?

And what are you going to think of
when all this time runs out
has you by your throat is choking you
and all those stacked unhappy moments
fade with your peripheral vision?
Sports cars?  Swimming?

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