A poem from John Tustin

Stupidity Or Hubris

When stupidity or hubris of the heart is mistaken for bravery
It’s easy to see death as nothing
More or less than the ending of life;
See loneliness as a badge to wear when trolling the supermarket
For bare legs to look at and think about later in your bedroom;
See your face in the mirror, pretend a better face and believe it.
See other people as a means to an end –
Things to sullenly pile into your emptiness that will never be filled.

When stupidity or hubris of the heart is mistaken for bravery
It’s easy to see life as not much more than what passes the time
Before death
And death as that endless moment
When your emptiness empties at last.

John Tustin’s poetry has appeared in many disparate literary journals in the last dozen years. fritzware.com/johntustinpoetry contains links to his published poetry online.

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