Stir Your Best Lines

1 May 2017

for Susan

if no line is less than twice
and two becomes one four becomes three
am i in a pantoum
warning a poem is coming

two becomes one four becomes three
i have been divided from sleep
warning a poem is coming
dementia can be gleeful

i have been divided from sleep
stir don’t shake those little grey cells
dementia is gleeful
somewhere I have travelled gladly

sir don’t shake
I am unsettled in a pigeonhole
somewhere I have travelled gladly
like a tourist in my home

i settle in a pigeonhole
where my best lines are someone else’s
like a tourist in my own home
let me crawl into a crevice

if your best lines are someone else’s
if no line is less than twice
let me sink into a crevice
i am in a pantoum

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