—a poem by Dennis Paul Wilken

Everything that matters
In love if you love
Eventually becomes
Feelings conquer
All but security
And even feelings can
Be made to serve as
A way
Of making passions ebb
While bringing other
Less powerful emotions
To the fore
All but guaranteeing
The more rational
You are, the more
One day you will suffer
And the women
Will feel such pain
Is in your case

Dennis Paul Wilken is a prolific poet, sketch-artist, veteran journalist and Senior Literary Editor for The Commonline Journal. He studied at the University of Cincinnati and is a former Staff Writer for Cincinnati Magazine. His poem "Outcomes" was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2011. His first chapbook is called Sweat Off the Diamond (2009). His recent chapbook Poetry Factory (2017) is forthcoming from Imperative Papers.