A Poem For Thursday


“The Ledger” by J.D. McClatchy:

Love is injustice, said Camus.
We want to be loved. What’s still more true?
Each wants most to be preferred,
And listens for those redeeming words
Better than X, more than Y—
Enough to quiet the child’s cry,
The bridegroom’s nerves, the patient’s
Reluctant belief in providence.
Break what you can, hurt whom you will,
Humiliate the others until
Someone takes a long, hard look.
Oh Love, put down your balance book.

(From Plundered Hearts: New and Selected Poems © 2014 by J.D. McClatchy. Used by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s In Bed: The Kiss, 1892, via WikiPaintings)