The Ecphorizer

Keeping Up Appearances
Margot Treitel

Issue #45 (May 1985)

Once my energy alone
could give things meaning.

Now I must be more cautious
both in the questions
and in the answers.

If I don't convince myself
I must at least fool myself.

Whole years I've got through
simply by telling myself I had to. 

Poet MARGOT TREITEL has been an English teacher for some time, including a two-year stint in West Africa. She edits a literary publication in Columbia, MD, and contributes to many other small magazines.

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