a Courting Order

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Contributor: jacob erin-cilberto

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my heart is filing a lawsuit
against yours for harassment

i had
no resistance
to your insistence
lost composure
from your exposure
you incriminated yourself
in decrees of degrees
of sudden coldness
as you abbreviated your stances
towards my advances

now my damaged emotion
is filing the motion

to restrain your love
at least a heart's length
away from mine.

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jacob erin-cilberto, originally from Bronx, NY, lives in Southern Illinois and teaches at two community colleges. He has been writing and publishing poetry since 1970. erin-cilberto's 13th book of poetry Intersection Blues is available from Water Forest Press, Stormville, NY.


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