“a small part of the pantomime”

Wallace Stevens

When you gesture as you walk

alone talking to yourself

dismissive and emphatic;


or when you catch yourself

thinking someone waved to you,

but you were just in the way;


or when you sweep up all 

the shards of memory which remain,


and blood slips from your fingers

in small calligraphic swaths.

(February 20, 2022)

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