Why this?

The occasional poem of my own and a generous helping of work by others that I find inspiring. Site is named for a beloved book by one of my favorite writers, Italo Calvino, whose fanciful work lights--and delights--my soul.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Flake

Board bus to work
with contrary tack—
take seat/ignore neighbor,
heed if to ignore is second nature.

Or maybe straighten spine
against seatback
if curling over
is default posture.

Can be new-whatever;
objective is to reassign, shoulder
aside the overly plied,
chipping out favored-

fresh neural channels,
allowing a look at the girls
on bench opposite
to evoke different composite.

Call this thinking wishful,
wasteful, but consider how small
the variance between
you and anyone—

tiniest flake tweaked—
and yet, you’re so distinct.
Slyest shift: could be enough
to lift you out for a breath.

--me

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