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Enemies

        [for Ishion Hutchinson]

The thing about entertaining them,
about keeping their company,
about fraternizing,
is you must remember
they are bloodless
and have many faces,
though it’s easy enough
to walk in sunlight,
where either you or they
become invisible,
never together seen;
easy to get in bed with them,
to bed them,
to be seduced by them—
listing in their own dominance.
Remember what makes one human,
animal, is not the high road
but the baseness in the heart,
the knowledge that they could,
at any moment, betray you.

Credit


Copyright © 2011 by Dante Micheaux. Used with permission of the author.

Author


Dante Micheaux

Dante Micheaux holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from New York University. He is the author of Circus (Indolent Books, 2018), winner of the 2019 Four Quartets Prize, and Amorous Shepherd (Sheep Meadow Press, 2010). Micheaux is the recipient of a prize in poetry from the Vera List Center for Art & Politics, the Oscar Wilde Award, and fellowships from Cave Canem Foundation and The New York Times Foundation. He lives in London.

Date Published: 2011-12-02

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/enemies