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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Your Sunday Poem

Ah, this sly and witty poem is too good not to be be shared. It appeared in the Oct 12, 2009 New Yorker and is by Vijay Seshadri.

Thought Problem

How strange would it be if you met yourself on the street?
How strange if you liked yourself,
took yourself in your arms, married your own self,
propagated by techniques known only to you,
and then populated the world? Replicas of you are everywhere.
Some are Arabs. Some are Jews. Some livea in yurts. It is
an abomination, but better that your
sweet and scrupulously neat self
emerges at many points on the earth to watch the horned moon rise
than all those dolts out there,
turning into pillars of salt wherever we look.
If we have to have people, let them be you,
spritzing your geraniums, driving yourself to the haberdashery,
killing your supper with a blowgun.
Yes, only in the forest do you feel at peace,
up in the branches and down in the terrific gorges,
but you’ve seen through everything else.
You’ve fled in terror across the frozen lake,
you’ve found yourself in the sand, the palace,
the prison, the dockside stews;
and long ago, on this same planet, you came home
to an empty house, poured a Scotch-and-soda,
and sat in a recliner in the unlit rumpus room,
puzzled at what became of you.

4 comments:

annerallen said...

Marvelous! Thanks.

Alon Perlman said...

Describes what it is to live in Los Osos, perfectly.

Sewertoons said...

Ann, thank you for consistently bringing us great poems!

Churadogs said...

Toonces sez:"Ann, thank you for consistently bringing us great poems!"

You're welcome, now please, all of you who enjoy these poems, please do your part, go buy a few books of poems by some of these folks you like and support their work. Most poetry books are out in paperback and are totally affordable.