No Past

“One must be receptive, receptive to the image at the moment it appears.”
—Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

In moments like these
I do what I do
best—steal.

I see your collage
of sea glass clad the curve
of a clam shell

and raise you a cloth bag
laden with leaves, light
fixtures, planks from bleachers, a pale

pink mannequin
arm, the final words
he whispered before

he left the café at dusk. I see straight

through our trial
to time to be served.

Popo is short
for poor poet
as much as it is
for the police.

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2 thoughts on “No Past

  1. I really like that line from Bachelard. I think my favorite, or at least the one that has been bouncing around in my head lately is, “For often when we think we are describing we merely imagine.” I look forward to exploring your other poetry.

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