Today's poem is by Mark Leidner


A device designed to detect delusions of grandeur
that explodes the moment you invent it.
The burns acquired from such an explosion.
The self-reflection concomitant with the reckoning
with any such burns in a mirror.
The first time, years later, that you meet someone
who thinks your burns are moderately interesting.
The explosive conclusion of your relationship
with that person. The next device you design.
The subsequent explosions, reflections, relationships
and designs that flow from all designs subsequent.
The first device you design with no function
you are able to discern, that does not explode.

Copyright © 2015 Mark Leidner All rights reserved
from Court Green
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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