In this collection of verses and rhymes, Michael Vito Tosto (author of Portrait of an Infidel and The Offbeat Rhythms) brings his quirky yet haunted view of life and reality to the genre of poetry. Ranging from poignant philosophical statements to the most absurd of nonsensical psychedelia, these poems are a profound and enjoyable commentary on the beautiful and often perplexing world we live in. A master of rhythm and an expert wordsmith, Tosto brings his heart to In Absentia, and the end result is yet another exercise in the existential dance between agony and ecstasy.
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"Two Middles, No End," one of the poems found in In Absentia.
The heart of nothing knows nothing of heart,
And beginnings will end before endings can start.
All that we know is to know that we all
Have fallen from flight and have flown since the fall.
The inverse of pain is the pain of the verse,
Before things get better they’re bound to get worse.
We know what we hate and we hate what we know,
No one goes in without first letting go.
The truth of a moment, and a moment of truth,
Life is for elders and death is for youth.
The words of a lie and a lie in the words,
Flight is for humans and thought is for birds.
Reason has reasons that reason denies,
A gun for the ache and some wings for the skies.
All that we see is to see that we all
Have answers for questions and cracks in the wall.