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“Love Only Kills a Poor Boy” by Jeremy T. Karn

Love Only Kills a Poor Boy

after Idowu Odeyemi

& because boys like me are descendants of anguished men,
love for us is like that kitchen-window curtain experiencing
wind for the first time

nobody loves more truly than a boy that carried his mother’s broken
heart in his mouth, her brunt voice warning,
love brings choices that aren’t for the poor

the darkness that swallows her voice every night wrapped as scattered leaves
from the trees that invade our house

& yes, death comes in so many ways, sometimes as
mercy or a call that
i didn’t answer or end, like the depression I inherited
& I question whether other boys carry hearts like mine…..

some easy deaths are sold in pharmacies where i dream one day to buy,
some loves are being sold on a counter where our hands can’t reach.

Jeremy T. Karn is a poet from Monrovia, Liberia. His poems have been published at Kalahari Review, Praxis Magazine, Odd Magazine, African Writer, Nanty Greens, Eboquill and other places. He can be reached through his email

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