Now starts to mean then
the moment it’s written down.
(You completed all their forms two weeks ago.)
You send them a cheerful first-thing email,
followed by a crisp but pleasant lunchtime
voicemail. How much can you afford to care?
There seems to be an organic relationship between
a line’s rhythm as measured by the breath pattern
involved in speaking it, and the emotional impact
of that line: Making the team,
then making it win: low self-esteem
sure beats chagrin.
So much of what we hope we want
has no need of us. The parts of the fishhook:
eye, shank, bend, point, barb, gap and throat.
The spaces between cutthroat numbers.
Last, lest, list, lost, lust. Prosperity
Not a single Taliban prisoner turned over the Defence Minister says,
by Canadian Forces,
can be proven to have been abused.
Meanwhile, it’s 5:03, Mr. Retread. At a cartoon
crossroads, two portly snails commiserate about
speeding tortoises coming out of nowhere—