Friday, June 21, 2013

Tomorrow for the second step

I’m thinking time
for the next book,
fiction or otherwise,
bio- or auto-,

titled maybe
“Misdiagnosed, self-medicated, freely
associated and so on
and so forth”

sub-titled maybe
“A memoir of traps
in place and in time”
authored by Longing to Get Out

ghostwritten maybe
by Anything for a Buck
and published maybe
by Slow to Print Books & Son

thinking maybe that if the title
and sub-title and author’s name
and ghostwriter’s credit are
long enough and clear enough

the book itself can go short.
Page one would begin
because that is what page one does,
page two would begin

with a cliché
about journeys of self-discovery
and segue into
a discussion of agoraphobia

depression and related maladies
and my favorite vegetable
treatment, a topical ointment

to get the hero out the door
where what happens next
will not be therapeutic,
but colorful maybe

 and as the train of thought
rumbles on thinking
I’ll post this on Facebook maybe
and the train suddenly derails

with a roaring and a squealing
the hero somehow avoiding injury,
dragging himself home,
suffering a few cuts,

making somehow out of all of this
a silk potholder, if not a purse,
embroidering as finishing touch
“Tomorrow for the second step!”

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