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incipit, a poem

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what to do when the to do list gets too long?

write down a few words, of course.  RT

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Incipit

i should have been smarter. not

that the moment was easy. i was

avoiding her, as i usually do, or at

least the possibility of happiness.

which isn’t always so pretty.

not to mention the guilt,

which pursues me like a poem…

but this was about her, wasn’t it?

insipid, some might say, but

the beginning keeps repeating itself,

longing to distend into a middle.

distill itself  still? that can’t be

right… Milton, million? weathercocked or not,

i called.

it’s up and striding among the billions. horse marine.

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copyright © 2015, The Rag Tree

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Drawing: The Mermaid (1887). Frederick Stuart Church, WikiCmns; Public Domain.

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  1. aubrey
    September 8, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Inscrutable, yet making all the sense in the world. A beautiful puzzle of words.

    • October 3, 2015 at 2:19 pm

      thanks, aubrey, for another perceptive comment…they’re always, always appreciated… RT

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