Monday, April 18, 2016

list of denials--By j. lewis--United States

list of denials

i never loved you, not in any way that would last
for less than this life and into the next

you cannot depend on me for anything beyond the basics
as we've discussed so many times-
"having food and raiment, let us be content therewith"
just call everything else i give gravy, frosting, excess

i don't enjoy being around you much
for anything other than the hiking, kayaking, picture taking,
movies, shopping, impromptu dates, quiet snuggling, and other things.
or the food. oh, the food.

i simply don’t want to marry you, at least not again in this life
because that would involve separating the entity known as 'us'
dividing the conjoined twins that you and i have become
just to re-attach the two parts. that would make no sense
no sense at all

if you should ever tell someone, anyone, everyone
about this little list, i will deny that i meant
any of it as jest. it's best you leave it alone

j. lewis is an internationally published poet, musician, and nurse practitioner. When he is not otherwise occupied, he is often on a kayak, exploring and photographing the waterways near his home in California.


  1. Jim, this brought a smile. Lovely work!

  2. All the basics are covered, with emphasis on all the right points.


  3. J.,
    This reminds me of e.e. cummmings' poetry, not capitalizing anything, even his name or the personal pronoun, I. Welcome to Whispers!
    Your friend,
    David Fox

  4. Dear j.,

    It is good to see the wonderful response you are receiving on your thought-provoking poem. Welcome to Whispers! I hope you enjoy your time spent here. Best wishes with all your writing endeavors.


  5. j, thank you for this fun and witty poem. It made me smile. Welcome to Whispers and continued blessings!