When I Stop Loving You

Patty Patten Tiffany

When I stop loving you
after a prolonged period
in which you
scorn me,

I will exile you to Pluto,
from planet to icy mass,
something like you.

All the women
you flirted with
and longed for
will be there
frozen but amazing.

Ice vixens
on a cold planet,
long fingers
pointing at parts,
sharp teeth laughing.

While I spy
through the telescope
your continued
at the hands

of happy harpies
shining like sequins
as you shiver.


(Correction: In the most recent edition we mistakenly identified Ms. Tiffany as “Patton Tiffany” which is incorrect. We apologize and look forward to publishing her beautiful work correctly in the future.)

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One comment on “When I Stop Loving You
  1. M. N. SNow says:

    I really enjoyed this poem. I’ve read it multiple (multiple) times. The first time through it really grabbed/surprised me in a couple places, especially stanzas 2 and 5. I’m normally more of a fiction reader than poetry, but this poem really got me. I even told other people about it, which I don’t believe I’ve ever done with a poem. (With the possible exception of Robert Service’s “The Cremation of Sam McGee.” That I passed along to people many times when I was living in Duluth, MN, but that’s obvious) I look forward to reading more from you.

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