What It’s Like

By | 25 April 2002

If you don't know what it's like you just don't know
and even if you did what good would it do
apart from developing your character
like when a detective reveals how he got
those alluring emotional scars: a blow

that would have destroyed a lower-paid actor
like the one he's trying to console in vain.
But that doesn't mean you can't shut up and stay
and though a cup of tea and a lie down may
not do the trick as well was what the doctor

prescribed, you might as well go and watch fine rain
fall parallel to grey boards and puddles spread
assuming that “just go” really meant “just go
and put the kettle on,” feeling comfortable
in a body wearing out and gathering stains.

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