Denial

Jon Obermeyer

It’s not
the kiss of coffee
or the glancing touch of feathered down,
or first sunlight shared
like sections of the newspaper.

Yes, I’m through with that.

It’s not
about the sweet kingdom of cantaloupe,
or the curvature
along your foot or shoulder bone.
Our planet is flat,

And we shall never go to the moon.

It is 
exactly what it is not.
The skillet sings a backward tune,
the toast unburns
and the yolk becomes it singular self
once again.

Please, pass the salt

for the wound.
Serve me up
all the reasons why we should,
and I will make an entire meal
out of veto and

Let’s not.
© 2007 University of North Carolina Greensboro
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JON OBERMEYER lives in Greensboro, NC, where he is chief executive officer of Piedmont Triad Entrepreneurial Network. He earned his MFA in writing from UNC Greensboro and has had work appear in such journals as Spectrum, International Poetry Review, Blue Pitcher, and others.