Poem submitted by Jan Burgos-Greer
National Poetry Month 2020

Love merchant

Love merchant

let me barter my heart

This ruby cracked stone does not suffice

It leads me to happiness that fades at night

It creates mirages of paradise at a barren sight

It whispers sweet nothings that don’t manifest delight

Its worthless and useless, a trinket, a lie

So trade me an obsidian stone, shiny and dark

A stone for vice

Until i find a ruby red heart to entice