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poem #6

David Plantinga 1972 (Sherbrooke)

What tempted me to join the queue?
It must be some great treat.
Only delight could keep these souls
Shuffling on blistered feet.

I turned a corner hours ago,
Quite perpendicular,
But as I count the corners off
I’ve tallied five so far.

The walls are clean, but they’re not bright,
Scrubbed to sobriety.
I passed a blotch I’d seen before,
But it might lie to me.

This line may loop into a square,
And no one’s first or last,
And all who’ve shuffled patiently
Are doomed to lose the past.

Did I ascend to this closed floor
By staircase or by lift?
Outside must lie some wider world,
Denied a precious gift.

The walls are bare of openings,
But we need only one.
Quiet can’t be the sole reward
For everything we’ve done.
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Submitted by DavidPlantinga on April 14, 2021

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