Finders, Losers

I’ve reached a point where time
..is only what passes between
..appointments, dental checkups,
..holidays and meals.
………………………………….I leave
..the distraction of news to those
..who need it.
……………………I wait as memories,
..however dear, just sour
..into vague nostalgia.
…………………………………..As for
..religion?
………………..My best friend says
..what started as a game between
..Greek gods and mortals fractured
..into superstition that’s become
..a business.
…………………..Where does it end?
Is living like a stock-still road
..that keeps on coming and going
..from nowhere to nowhere?
After I lost the one
..I longed to live long with,
..long-life meant nothing more
..than living on.
………………………..Her smiles
..were similes for feelings
..everyone could share.
…………………………………..Her midnight
..kisses were truer than thoughts.
I think of coins she kept
..to give away except
..for a rare leftover dime
..she let me find so I
..could buy this poem for her.

Samuel Hazo

Samuel Hazo

Samuel Hazo is the author of books of poetry, fiction, essays and plays, and is the founder and director of the International Poetry Forum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also McAnulty Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Duquesne University, where he taught for forty-three years. From 1950 until 1957 he served in the United States Marine Corps, completing his tour as a captain. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Arts degree from Duquesne University and his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. Some of his previous works are And the Time Is, They Rule the World, Like a Man Gone Mad and Sexes: The Marriage Dialogues (Poetry), The Time Remaining and This Part of the World (Fiction), Watching Fire, Watching Rain and Tell it to the Marines (Drama), The Stroke of a Pen and Outspokenly Yours (Essays), and The Pittsburgh that Stays Within You (Memoir). His translations include Denis de Rougemont's The Growl of Deeper Waters, NadiaTueni’s Lebanon: Twenty Poems for One Love and Adonis' The Pages of Day and Night. In 2003 a selective collection of his poems, Just Once, received the Maurice English Poetry Award. He has been awarded twelve honorary doctorates. He was honored with the Griffin Award for Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame, his alma mater, and was chosen to receive his tenth honorary doctorate from the university in 2008. A National Book Award finalist, he was named Pennsylvania’s first State Poet by Governor Robert Casey in l993, and he served until 2003.
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Samuel Hazo is the author of books of poetry, fiction, essays and plays, and is the founder and director of the International Poetry Forum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also McAnulty Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Duquesne University, where he taught for forty-three years. From 1950 until 1957 he served in the United States Marine Corps, completing his tour as a captain. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Arts degree from Duquesne University and his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. Some of his previous works are And the Time Is, They Rule the World, Like a Man Gone Mad and Sexes: The Marriage Dialogues (Poetry), The Time Remaining and This Part of the World (Fiction), Watching Fire, Watching Rain and Tell it to the Marines (Drama), The Stroke of a Pen and Outspokenly Yours (Essays), and The Pittsburgh that Stays Within You (Memoir). His translations include Denis de Rougemont's The Growl of Deeper Waters, NadiaTueni’s Lebanon: Twenty Poems for One Love and Adonis' The Pages of Day and Night. In 2003 a selective collection of his poems, Just Once, received the Maurice English Poetry Award. He has been awarded twelve honorary doctorates. He was honored with the Griffin Award for Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame, his alma mater, and was chosen to receive his tenth honorary doctorate from the university in 2008. A National Book Award finalist, he was named Pennsylvania’s first State Poet by Governor Robert Casey in l993, and he served until 2003.