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Two Poems by L. Robert Westeen

April 2012

L. Robert Westeen is an accomplished playwright, actor and director. He was born in upper Michigan and raised in Wisconsin. He currently resides in Houston, Texas.


Mind Metamorphosis

The thought of "it",
without invitation, crawls
into my mind.
Once the dust had been settled,
it stirred up again,
like muck in a pond
disturbed by a pollywog.
Said wog will become a frog
and rule the pond,
deprive the fish of watered rings,
and gulp
and croak,
keep the knight from sleeping.


9 Minutes

9 minutes passed,
I was at the end of it.
9 minutes passed,
I was in his arms.
9 minutes passed,
I became a number.

9 minutes passed,
he was with a number once.
9 minutes passed,
he was at the end of it.
9 minutes passed,
while he was in someone else's arms.

For months he knew,
for months he slept with me.
4 years he said he loved me,
but didn't protect me.

4 years I loved him,
and how he repaid me,
and made me one of
the 56K per year,
who had their 9 minutes,
and were added to the million plus
currently living with it,
surviving with it and
who had their 9 minutes.

I'm HIV Positive.




  
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