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)

or even

why I don’t simply stop 

to breathe

My answer…if there were an audience 

would be

“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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