global politics has caught
glandular fever
and i have lost
my appetite

turn off the lights
i want to lie in
the dark under
the weather under
the sheets turned
away from the sun
a flower growing down
a benjamin button flower

i am a quarter of the way through
my life
i hope
but i am weary
i feel
i have seen

i want to lie
down and let it
wash over
or walk out into
the blizzard
and watch while
snow white washes
the earth

i think of captain oates leaving
the tent
“i may be some time”
i think of captain smith going
“some of us would go to
the bottom with
the ship”
“well boys, do your best
for the women and children, and look out
for yourselves”


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