Not for You, Not for the World

By Barbara Perez Barbara Perez
Because a little reprieve, a little hope (even for those whom I love)
would exculpate the world of  its actions, I hold to logic steadfast.
Belief, without knowledge, dislodges perception of all the empirical world
— (even for you, mom and dad). Know that if, for you, on some filthy lie
I could wish for the mind’s persistence after death, I would say no.

Source: Poetry (January 2013).


This poem originally appeared in the January 2013 issue of Poetry magazine

January 2013
 Barbara  Perez


Barbara Perez earned her MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She teaches literature and composition at Northwest Vista College in San Antonio.

Continue reading this biography

Poems by Barbara Perez

Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Relationships, Family & Ancestors, Religion, Faith & Doubt, God & the Divine, Arts & Sciences, Sciences, Living, The Mind

Poetic Terms Prose Poem

Report a problem with this poem

Your results will be limited to content that appeared in Poetry magazine.

Search Every Issue of Poetry

Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

This poem has learning resources.

This poem is good for children.

This poem has related video.

This poem has related audio.