Romantic

by Joanne Kyger

           You can see little hearts in the branches
        of Douglas fir trees on the computer screen

  Just for fun
       let us assume that a very familiar word carries with it
          ‘a corona of lightly indicated uses’

                  like Wittgenstein suggests

Romantic language gets boring really fast. Like about now

                          A small cold hand creeps into yours
               it belongs to Vladimir Putin

                           Where did he go?

               The wild boar are worse than deer
            omnivorous, opportunistic, highly mobile

          Notice how subtly one can control the flow
                             of this narrative

                          thinking is not believing