afternoon poem, june 8, 2016


Flat on the flat desktop
White sheets, bearing print
Turned this way and that
Yellow pads with pen scribbles
Cursive cursing
A thick manual
Manila folders, stuffed and empty
Some are artifacts
Of one war or another
Records of conversations
That, of course, missed their marks
Some bear yellow tags
With one direct command:
“File,” or “Review This,”
Lists on fragments, checked off
Some of them
All reminders of what we would
Just as soon forget.

Copyright 2016

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