All the Faces Become Walls by Jennifer Lagier

Camille is tired of grouchy men,
scowling women,
holier-than-thou preachers,
know-it-all saviors.
Wonders when humanity
forgot about kindness,
competence,
the mechanics of smiling.

She refuses to participate
in one more argument
among passionate
but ignorant persons
over trivial subjects,
discredited conspiracies,
bogus opinions.

Renounces memberships,
fellowships,
social gatherings,
meetings.

Discovers she prefers
the company of goldfish,
Netflix comedies,
mute shrubs and flowers
in her own garden.

jen-2016

Jennifer Lagier has published twelve books and in literary magazines, taught with California Poets in the Schools, co-edits the Homestead Review, helps coordinate Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Second Sunday readings. Newest books: Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press), Harbingers (Blue Light Press). Forthcoming chapbook:, Camille Abroad (FutureCycle). Website: : : Poetry by Jennifer Lagier : :

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