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by R.G. Evans

Published in Issue No. 56 ~ January, 2002

Whatever fire burns us first, they teach us the word No,
but on our own we learn the sweet word More.
We cuddle with the fatty breast of excess,
shun moderation, its skeletal cousin the scold.
Food comes first and lasts the longest
even when lust crashes through like a lineman.
More cake, more kisses, more chocolate, more you.
In my time, I have wanted more days
to lie in the sand beside the warm Carolina sea.
I’ve ordered one more drink,
when more was the last thing I should have.
Some years I have wanted more women
than any sane man’s life could hold.
And often, when a sun like this one
slips down russet under a dark horizon
I pray More time, the biggest no of all.
More.  Say the word.  A kiss into the air.
A gesture of farewell.  O life.  O now.
O every mortal gift.  More, we say.  More.  O More.

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R.G. Evans's poems, fiction and reviews have appeared in Valparaiso Poetry Review, MARGIE, The Literary Review, and Weird Tales among other publications. His original music will be featured in an upcoming documentary on the poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan. Evans holds an MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is proud to be serving in his 27th year as a public school teacher in New Jersey.