PDF

Because


by Samuel Derrick Rosen


I am not in love with you because life is brief,
or because you have white teeth or because
of your insurgent acquisitions, or because
there is no because or because
of your fire that does not burn or because
of the meanness of the gods or because
of your sea beast legends or your mermaid
compassions, or your Greek sensibilities,
or your existential embrace, or your inter-
galactic pre-cognitive therapy, or your will-
ingness to remain silent when everything-
else is deep in leviathan consultation,
or because of your lack of desperation,
or because of your praying mantis,
or because of your delivering of no answers,
or because of your sacred infidelities,
or because of your isolated muse upon a
cosmic thread, or because of your cypress tree
on the untainted shore of an intangible
glimpse of what might have been Atlantis.
Endcap