Today's poem is by John Whalen
If you meet a beautiful woman for the first time,
do you know something about a person?
You can cover a lot of ground
looking for coins from a bicycle.
You must have a plan, Padua says.
I follow that bird, its wing of shade,
through the rusty weeds. I phone
a woman and make things up.
I am never done.
I know a restaurant on the river
with raccoons out the window. This new girl
her voice steady as a fish ladder.
She is everything I want to do. My kind of lies
agree with her. And there's too much said.
Copyright © 2008 John Whalen All rights reserved
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