lost causes

i’m reading about kosovo
its unmiks and kayfors
its pee-ohs and various constitutions

and i truly want to care about all this
—i am an educated, liberal man—

but i dreamed last night of a girl i had sex with
twenty-five years ago

(i will spare you the details i will not spare myself
or maybe i’m just being selfish)

then there was the girl i saw yesterday walking slowly away from me
she had a tattooed hip showing above the low waistband
of her pull-me-down pants

sex fractures my fragile concentration
leaving me just another of the world’s lost causes

(Copyright 2023 by Tetman Callis.)

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