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Checklist February 23

1)Isn’t darning thread … just “thread”?
2)I can’t respond; working hours.
3)But conversation will continue in my head as if we were face to face; I will reply to you and there will be private jokes invented, discovered.
4)Refocus on the task ahead;
5)Have I taken care of every detail?
6)Will there be a guest?
7)I reneged on my promise to her. There is no confirmation.
8)I scramble to catch up
9)And find I am already there. Work done except
10)For removing one location. I call …
11)For everything I have touched today explodes into impossibilities,
12)Into darned pens and darned pins to be picked up by bleeding fingertips.
13)My drawer & hooks have been sabotaged. I need a new place to hang my six ears.
14)Without thinking I kill a remaining ant with a fingertip, mixing my blood, ant’s blood - releasing a crushed strawberry scent.
15)Yesterday my desk and counters were a swarm
16)But I sent them packed with poison to the nest; little sleepers, no doubt greeted with joy upon their return to the hearth.
17)Yesterday I let them live, to carry my duplicitous feast.
18)The deed is done. No need for an Adam & Eve;
19)There’s no Garden here. Only knowledge
20)And doubt. And recrimination. And picking at threads.
21)And time is counting down.
22)I cannot decide on what to eat but must leave anyways
23)And refocus … time is counting down. Other sessions move closer
24)So I go down the list. Open the website. Search the date, Open the settings. Change the date. Validate – oh, don’t forget to validate.
25)Fridays move to Thursdays - or is it the other way around? Has Thursdays supplanted Fridays?
26)Oh, don’t forget to validate
27)Or we shall have to mend again.
28)My folder contains staples & paperclips;
29)Staples for the past (I cannot effect it).
30)Paper clips for the mutable.
31)I must leave – eat, run errands, turn on equipment, tap folders filled with staples & paper clips on the tables;
32)There must be a place to buy darned thread when it’s only forty- two

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Written on February 23, 2012

Submitted by Ariel on September 20, 2021

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Ariel is a full-time Pacific Northwest poet, often participating at Oregon Open Mics events. She has been published in Gold Man Review, AIM, The Widow’s Handbook, and most recently in Terra Incognita, On The Platform Waiting and Free From Monsters. Ariel often collaborates in many Willamette Valley poetry/art projects and is a member of Oregon Poetry Association, Mid-Valley Poets Association, Willamette Writers and Poet. Her website is poetariel.net. more…

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