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Thursday, August 02, 2012


by David Radavich

When the pensions end,
shall we commit
our suicide?

It is an option
of life,

a kind of torch

against a night
not of our


I would not
have thought
of endings.

But now

the swan calls
to its mate carving
the still waters.

is another day
that may

no longer

need us.

David Radavich’s latest books include America Bound: An Epic for Our Time (2007), Canonicals: Love’s Hours (2009), and most recently, Middle-East Mezze (2011).  His plays have been produced across the U.S., including six Off-Off-Broadway, and in Europe .  Recently he won the 2012 MidAmerica Award for his contributions to Midwestern literature and scholarship.  He currently is working on a new collection, The Countries We Live In.