Grudges by Stephen Dunn

Grudges by Stephen Dunn

Easy for almost anything to occur.

Even if we’ve scraped the sky, we can be rubble.

For years those men felt one way, acted another.

Ground Zero, is it possible to get lower?

Now we had a new definition of the personal,

knew almost anything could occur.

It just takes a little training, to blur

A motive, lie low while planning the terrible,

Get good at acting one way, feeling another.

Yet who among us doesn’t harbor

A grudge or secret? So much isn’t erasable;

It follows that almost anything can occur,

Like men ascending into the democracy of air

Without intending to land, the useful veil

Of having said one thing, meaning another.

Before you know it something’s over.

Suddenly someone’s missing at the table.

It’s easy (I know it) for anything to occur

When men feel one way, act another.
               from Poetry After 9-11:  An Anthology of New York Poets, 2002.


  • Holly on Sep 16, 2011 Reply

    Somehow it seems a little to relevant to everything…

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