Charles J. Ingerson

GIFTS OF STONE

Pretending such love
enticing and seducing
while wearing a glove
while vain pretending

Offering an alternative
wonderful and exciting
so very much attractive
beguiling this offering.

Shattering the stillness
sight lost and disabling
events futile fulfillness
lives and love shattering.

Gifts of stone begotten
lined into distant drifts
so many ever forgotten
only headstones as gifts

slowly fading away…

Found to be beguiled
food promised to abound
instead as fats chyled
emptiness forever found.

War has no lovers alive
only those sacrificed
for gifts of stone survive
abstract memories of war.