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April 10, 2023_The Poet's Weekend

by Greg Harrell


The Poet's Weekend


today finds me

in a Billy Collins

or Ted Kooser

state of mind—


temporarily unmasked

at a coffee shop longtable,

I listen to Silent Hill music

and try to make working poems

out of last week’s fragments


the students next to me

are confounded by the idea

of a bathroom passcode


dogwalkers pull

varying dimensions of fluff

by nylon harnesses


the electric gallop of trains

carries several blocks over

to my otherwise empty apartment


my death (as always)

sits three tables behind me,

sipping a lavender London fog

and waiting to call time—


since a beautiful woman

in a torn rain slicker

fails to materialize,

I use assorted personal

artifacts to fill the spaces:


the lionhead griever pendant

I keep as a lucky charm


a Palestinian scarf (or keffiyeh)

matching the hazel gears

beneath my eyelids


an onyx dharma bracelet

and dirty dozen watch


different leather notebooks

to preserve my vanity


the most recent note

on my phone says:

“forget I was ever here”


sound advice—


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