Saturday, February 13, 2010

My Parts of Speech and Me

Today New York’s decided
I should take varieties of rides:
ignited by this itemizing poem –

followed by a shot up through
her bowels in the subway
to the upper west side cat I tend –

upended by the wending
of a happily determined
Greenwich Village way

to breakfast with a friend –
beyond which lies the prospect
of attending dress rehearsal

of an opera up at Juilliard.
You’ll pardon this no-nonsense
stark array of plans ticked off

like entries on a shopping list
but maybe welcome my
(at last) blunt un-ironic use of “I.”

Feel free (though only for today)
to put an equals sign between
my parts of speech and me.


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