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First Line: The imperceptible
Last Line: And there you are
Subject(s): California; Magic; Names


The imperceptible
Becomes something
Like geese flying,
Or sometimes you hear
A girl's name, that's all.

In many syllogisms
Which begin with words
Like if morality,
Narcissism and possibly
Wheelchairs are dignified.

According to a man
Who writes near urinals
In Arcata, California,
The meek don't want it.
And across the street

In another bar,
In the same delirious
Hand and green
Felt-tipped pen,
Thelma, do what thou wilt.

Emptiness makes
The world occur more,
Causing love and problems.
The imperceptible
Becomes something

And there you are.


Used with the permission of Copper Canyon Press, P.O. Box 271, Port Townsend, WA
98368-0271, www.cc.press.org




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