Up and down. Down, then up again.
Our love sits on the edge of a shaky seesaw
which strains against our useless efforts. There’s
no winner in our childish game of tit-for-tat.
We’re both losers as we struggle to keep each
other off-balance in this love-hate relationship.
Arlene Antoinette is a poet of West Indian birth who grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from Brooklyn College and worked as an instructor with disabled individuals for many years. You may find additional work by Arlene at Foxglove Journal, Little Rose Magazine, I am not a silent Poet, Tuck Magazine, The Feminine Collective, The Open Mouse, Amaryllis Poetry, Boston Accent Lit, Sick Lit Magazine, Postcard Shorts, 50 Word Stories, The Ginger Collect, Neologism Poetry Journal and Your Daily Poem.