medusa the narcissist

self-preservation is really something
ongoing and terminal

they loved taxes
they loved death

certain things create an emotional reaction
self-contemplation is coldly detached

apparently the inevitable end of introspection
led to standing very still
for fear of moving

so close your eyes
the world is your reflection



Joseph Cooper is a high school English teacher, writer, and editor. Most recently, he has been editing the poet Michael Brown’s latest collection (Mercurial) as well as working on his own poems, essays, and plays.