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Something Got Inside

April 14, 2008

The mouse in the drawer
shitting over dish cloths
& towels. The snake on the closet’s
lowest shelf. Spiders in the corners;
crickets. Silverfish, roaches
nesting in cabbage-rose walls.
They appear so… unlovely;
so sleepily common.
Found during our doings,
our common days.
It can seem they wait — for us,
our finding. But that is,
exactly, wrong:
they would be inside,
move through our drawers
our rooms, regardless;
they would do what
they would do. We examine
the lips of glasses,
the tines of forks, inside
our shoes. Canisters
for webs & husks & leavings.
Something inside is wrong.
Something small that is not us.

by RJ Gibson

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  1. April 14, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    Great piece. Your reading is almost Anne Sexton-esque…so drawn out and flat, yet full of portent.

  2. April 15, 2008 at 12:51 am

    Excellent. A deceptively simple meditation on the ordinary and everyday that provides a startling perspective.

  3. April 15, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    Collin: Thanks, you make me blush–but a lot of that affect/effect is technical.

    Dick: Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed the poem.

  4. April 15, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    I really really like this.

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