February 24, 2006

Poem Considers Sustainability

Traffic. Traffic and food. Money and language. And bowels.

It is all about waste, Poem says, gesturing
toward somewhere else.

Poem is a dangerous
retention. Cities without air. Something
needs to give.

The word ‘plum’ is about
where it’s from. Poem asks
a grocer, receives little or no information,
opens the next book.

A cleansing, Poem hears his friend say.
A cleansing, Poem thinks and forgets
his wallet, the store’s location, the shape
of arugula, why he can’t be far from
the truth or its proxy . . .

A cleansing, Poem remembers what he needed
and writes about syntax and
walks to give it to his friend.

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