Wednesday, July 06, 2011

No, Really, I'm Not

This woman in her vinyl raincoat runs
Up to me--it’s not raining--and she asks,
Are you The One? (I hear the capitals,
The edge of majuscules, the sharpened height
Of serifs as they play about her eyes,
Wide to let all the light in that there is.)
I’m not. I thought I was once, but I’m not.
She coughs. No one should make mistakes like that,
She tells me, and she takes 2 backwards steps:
You might have missed your chance to save. The truck
Repaving Colorado beeps reverse,
And I shall never know what I have lost.
Her raincoat’s black, of course. I know she keeps
Asafoetida bags about her flat,
Merde du Diable; I know she cannot sleep
Because she has misplaced The One, the leaf
Marked with a grosgrain ribbon and a spoon.

3 comments:

ICSoria (Sid) said...

Richard,
I cannot help but believe she was wondering whether or not you might be that country singer; Kenny...what's-his-name...

If not the recently retired, and even more recently deceased, Mr. Rogers.

RHE said...

Sid,

Huh?

With warm regards,
Richard

karensomethingorother said...

"Asafoetida (Ferula assafoetida) (Arabic حلتيت or in the Gulf States, particularly in the United Arab Emirates, خيله) (Persian انگدان Angedan), Hing in Hindi and ఇంగువ in Telugu, alternative spelling asafetida,( /æsəˈfɛtɨdə/)[1] (also known as devil's dung, stinking gum, asant, food of the gods, giant fennel, hing and ting) is the dried latex (gum oleoresin) exuded from the living underground rhizome or tap root of several species of Ferula, which is a perennial herb (1 to 1.5 m high). The species is native to Persia (Iran) and India[2]. Asafoetida has a pungent, unpleasant smell when raw, but in cooked dishes, it delivers a smooth flavor, reminiscent of leeks"

Ha, clever as always Richard, you word-laden thing you.