Betty Aberlin


Truthful Hyperbole

fourteen turkeys cross 
the sleet-swept snowfield
winter is real. death is real.
the gunshots of hunters
shock the hills.

The man above the law stands in wildfire ashes
calling the Town of Paradise the Town of Pleasure,
selling the virtues of asbestos dust
as his wife walks the cold runway
of human cremains
selling Be Best 
in five-inch stilettos, 
bearing her great implants 
before her 
like a couture floatation device.
O children in cages! O homeless! O tent cities!
I weep without ceasing, praying for hope -

which they would sell me
if they could.




Betty Aberlin, native New Yorker, actor in musical theater, comedy revues, children's television & Kevin Smith films, published The White Page Poems, responses to George MacDonald's 1880 Diary of an Old Soul in 2008 (Zossima Press). Studied creative writing at Bennington College with Bernard Malamud and Howard Nemerov. There she was accidentally put off poetry by a comment she took literally - "Cousin Betty you will never be a poet" - not knowing her teacher was quoting Dryden's response to Jonathan Swift. So much for higher education. Currently working on a one-act play & feeding the wild birds in a small town upstate, she is grateful and honored to be included in this spiritual volume.