Beautiful Things

We surround ourselves with
beautiful things
in the hope that,
through constant contact,
they will impart
(upon us)
some of their splendor.

by Erik Shinker

Love Songs

They exist in
a contradictory courtship
between the abstract and

Proclamations attesting to
the Divine
nature of love.

Laments of
time lost. Shrieks
of regret and
betrayal grating at
the worth of it all

How many were written
in hopes of gaining? How many

Which describe
the actuality?
What if they’re all just
for what can never
truly be?

Are they love songs,
or just songs about love?

by Erik Shinker