POEM: A Chant Against Love

(after Mervyn Morris’s Chant Against Death)

BY KERRY HAMMERTON

say no
say goodbye
turn around
walk away

say nothing
don’t look
don’t smile
close your eyes

say I don’t
say I can’t
say its over
before it starts

say I’m too old
say you’re too young
it’s too cold
it’s too hot

say I won’t
say I shan’t
say anything
but don’t say love

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