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Tenderness and Rot by Kay Ryan

Hello, April. Hello, poetry month. Here’s a reminder I’ll never get tired of:

Tenderness and Rot
Kay Ryan

Tenderness and rot
share a border.
And rot is an
aggressive neighbor
Whose iridescence
keeps creeping over.

No lessons
can be drawn
from this however.

One is not
two countries.
One is not meat

It is important
to stay sweet
and loving.

Comments (1)

  • Oh, wow, you had this here on day one. I somehow missed it! I’ve been following you since I think just before this. I am doing a poetry reading a day on YouTube and on my blog to celebrate National Poetry Month, and had just decided to read this poem tonight. Looking for an online copy I found this. Serendipitous. 🙂 Thank you.


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