Poems and Poetry

Deflation | A Poem by JD DeHart

I began by floating
above the dull earth, but
soon found that my ascent
was moving in the opposite
direction. A few words later,
an insult here or there,
placed like a hidden blade,
and I was finding my way
quickly to the terrestrial
realm from which I rose.
The neighbors were the same,
and their cooking smelled
somehow worse.
Their children still crowded
the streets like homeless
Now I am merely a heap,
a might-have-been soon
to become a must-have-been
and then a who-was-that.

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