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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
About this poem
Published on We Are 50 Poems online journal.
Written on February 23, 2012
Submitted by Ariel on September 20, 2021
Modified on March 05, 2023
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|Closest metre||Iambic heptameter|
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