Poem of the Day

Ungrateful

By Jennifer Jenkins

I am not brave
enough
to seize the love
I want;
not in tune with
myself
to know the love
I need.

I settle
in the vessel
of a vain relation,
shipwrecked
in the safety
of another-
and when I am
thankless
I am not displeased
with the bread
he feeds me,
with the homes he builds
or the chocolates
wrapped in
silver ribbon;

I am ungrateful
because the love he gives
is not the kind I burn for.