Sunday, November 9, 2008

Well, Tom and I are in Pennsylvania for a long weekend, and I've had a chance to write in the backseat of our camper van as we cruised up I-81. I'm currently reading The Really Short Poems of A.R. Ammons, which is definitely influencing my work.


WHERE I SEE MYSELF IN FIVE YEARS

I wonder if someone asked me exactly
five years ago
where do you see yourself in five years

because I know I didn’t have the pleasure of saying
well

I see myself in a field in South Carolina
unemployed, frustrated and twirling my hair
as I sit in tall grass

three donkeys grazing around me
one the color of a nickel, one a red almond, one like milk

I’m sure five years ago I said something to the tune of
business and success
and I wasn’t thinking clearly about the possibilities.

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NATIONAL

the enormous metal beater
moves through the flooded
cranberry field
turning it into a proper bog
sea of red hearts
bobbing

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2 comments:

Tara said...

Ooh, I like both of these! Donkeys and cranberries in one post? Yay!

CWrites said...

Looks like the writer's block (whatever) has lifted! I LOVE where do I see myself in Five Years..my fav of this bunch!