If there were questions to be asked of me
they would be-
why I choose to cloak
myself in words
and why I encourage the torrid affair
between pen and paper (in my home)
why I don’t simply stop
My answer…if there were an audience
“Have you seen the wind pause for breath-
-even when it passes through deadly hemlock?
or have you seen a waterfall retreat to whence it came?
perhaps a volcano regret its eruption?
These points are moot so let’s speak of other matters
Are there any questions?
© Vivian Zems
Dverse Poets– Poetics- Last Lines
“Are there any questions?”- The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
Note: Hemlock is a very poisonous plant. In fact, all parts of the plant are toxic. Hemlock is most poisonous during the early stages of growth in the spring, but it is dangerous at all stages of growth
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