National Poetry Writing Month 2021, Day 18: If the surface is fogged

My Day 18 poem is my response to the prompt, which is to write a poem based on the title of a chapter from a book. I opted to use one of the many books in my to-read pile, Haruki Murakami’s Killing Comendatore.

it is inconvenient, yes—
but it means things are malfunctioning
the way they’re supposed to.

Once I poured cold orange juice
into a thick glass I’d just taken
out of the dishwasher.

As I closed up the carton,
the two halves of the glass
slid smoothly apart; the juice spread
across the counter and over the edge.

I have never been able to recreate this.


One assumes there is no connection
between two dissimilar statements,
but they both arose
from the thoughts of the same poet,
in this case me.

If you ask me how I got from one to the other,
I may have an answer.

Or it may be that the second
was the next thing to come to mind.

(17 April 2021 — posted April 18th)





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