You Could Like I Did Believe (NaPoWriMo 2013 #1)

This poem was published as part of 30 Poems in 30 Days during National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo 2013).

You’re right that I could be remiss.
But you’re wrong.

You could
like I did
believe
that everything will break down
like an old car
or an old heart.

You could
like I did
believe
that the pieces will be so
catastrophically unrecognizable
that all the king’s men
and even the king himself
won’t be able to put you back together.

You could
like I did
believe
that puzzles like this–
flipped over, spilled out,
chewed-by-that-stupid-cat–
weren’t even meant to be solved.

But you’d be wrong
like I was.

Life is
and has been
the begging and the answer,
the Egypt and the Exodus,
the whining hunger and the raining food,
the thirsting and the bursting from the rock,
the desert and the promise,
then the desert…

…then the promise.

You could
like I did
believe
that you would dry up here,
be left with an empty cup here,
perpetually stuck,
but the only thing we manage to be
perpetually
is wrong.

 

This poem was published as part of 30 Poems in 30 Days during National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo 2013).

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