KJ Hannah Greenberg – 2 poems

Soft Reasoning


Soft reasoning, elsewise known as “acrimony’s cousin,” visits special occasions,

Lets loose with random prudence, sends word confetti across most relationships.


Apparently, cognitive summersaults are more than party entertainments, result in

Glory beyond that appointed by children, elderly, or feeble-minded denizens.


It seems, behind every prize rose bush, expertly clipped teacup poodle, also late

Date sports cars, grow cerebral obfuscations unbridled by ratiocination or smarts.


Linear problem solving, usually, jump starts the rise of satrapies, promises cures

For cancer, likewise takes responsibility for all manner of interpersonal remorse.


On balance, timid motivation leaves governments vulnerable, causes schools’

Closure, maybe even aids some gunmen in shooting up juvenile populations.


Hallow associations, after all, notwithstanding the nature of abstract frameworks,

Domain-specific ontologies or related concepts, can’t guarantee world peace,

Marital harmony, fair grades, the end of hunger, best hiring practices, or health.







It’s impossible to summon self-interpretation of important items, at the same time

As asserting, implicitly, that select explanations are off the mark. Folly follows paths

Made by pernicious moose, evil dictators, wayward children, plus grownups’ unproved



Moreover, unripe sentiments confound allies as well as bait foes. It’s better to employ

Language that encourages G-d talk, to embrace good deeds, to avoid, always, frequent

Lèsemajesté. Likewise, our assemblages of mawkishness ought not to recall turbid



See, no cantrip can ever equal changes in the nature of norms. No matter contemporary

Demographics’ findings, synchronized claims about rules for conducting effective prayer

Remain visceral. No dox, no punity, no screaming atop of staircases ever deterred cruel



Note: whereas international saltation proves haptic verities, concurrently, toxic means

Bring about mere “so-called” peace partners, not realities of trust or exchange, not pure

Co-existence. The marketplace of ideas invites sensible “economies,” but holds inflation



Senseless attacks abound. Governments chivvy. Residents complain, would-be heads of

State deign to offer incense, incorrectly, to extend bloodied olive branches, to slaughter
Innocents. The world silently witnesses futile efforts to placate those powerful people’s



Nonetheless, the posology of peace waits no advection of wisdom’s likely manifestations.

Sexual, physical, or emotional exploitation of “vulnerable others,” children, women, also

Animals, get ruined, in the least, by human bravado, human aggression; hurt, managerial



Consequently, it’s insufficient to dedicate anxiety or gestalt to tintinnabular “accidents.”

Dear ones are worth maintaining. Life necessarily communicates to our guts, foofaraw

Or no, skips linguistic wends that compile words reflecting values back to our innermost






KJ Hannah Greenberg’s whimsical writing buds in pastures where gelatinous wildebeests roam and beneath the soil where fey hedgehogs play. She’s been nominated four times for the Pushcart Prize in Literature, and once for The Best of the Net. Her newest poetry collection is A Grand Sociology Lesson (Lit Fest Press, 2016). 

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Bindweed Magazine publishes two anthologies each year: Midsummer Madness and Winter Wonderland. Bindweed is run as a not for profit, labour of love endeavour by an author/poet couple: Leilanie Stewart and Joseph Robert. Bindweed can be found at

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