Could you maybe? (a poem)

Lots of weird little associations and a random phrase out of nowhere add up to this (and the photo has nothing to do with any of it).

Could you maybe fashion the holes into something
I could slip through?

I should be able to come up with the missing pieces
but my imagination is out of practice—
this slab of meandering was hard enough to birth.

Or maybe it’s avoiding my conscious thought
after a late night spent populating
elaborate dreams I barely remember.

(What was Beyoncé doing working at the sheriff’s office?)

———

Could you maybe fashion the holes into something
I could slip through?

I bought the last album, but may never get
to listen to it anytime soon.

Or maybe the conversation running through my head
drowns out everything else.

I try to remember you,
but even the memory tells me we’re through.

———

Could you maybe fashion the holes into something
I could slip through?

Monsters sleep when nobody’s looking,
then rampage when nobody’s home.

When they’re done, they hide under the bed,
so parents will never see them.

Nobody’s fooled—the ones who would be
have bigger deceptions to wear.

———

Could you maybe fashion the holes into something
I could slip through?

It’s quiet outside this evening,
except for the wash of freeway traffic.

Rough and rowdy ways have smooth edges
filed down by decades of sound.

I think this might be perfect for dreaming
now that the lights have tumbled low.

———

But could you maybe fashion the holes into something
I could slip through?

(18 June 2020—posted June 19)


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