Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Yank Sword (From New Spoon River)

You get so used to saying a thing
like:" All ready," "Over they go,"
"Just a moment," "Head of the Army,"
"I object," or "Next"-
That's its really yourself at the end of life,
and dying whether you say it
or a voice is saying it to you?
And I who had barbered all of them,
for A. D. Blood to Lusius Atherton,
and told them stories, and laughed at theirs,
And shared them in their coffins,
Thought I was working in my shop
Dyeing the hair of Henry Bennett
when a voice said: "next"-
I think the voice was mine.

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