mswyrr (mswyrr) wrote in randomactsofart,
mswyrr
mswyrr
randomactsofart

poem, "Numbers"

1957–1979

that sid vicious
i've got his number

(he's a little old for me)

as long as society is
keeping score

anarchy is a whirlwind that lasts
just as long as you do

they come along after
and clean up

tidy you
find your place
on the number line
measure your span

–1880

In Tombstone, there's a lot of graves
with expirations, but no due dates.

Lester Moore seems to have lived
forever before he died.

2006–

babies born today will
out-live us all

but somewhere
on a paper, in some drawer
or filing cabinet
an en dash is reaching out for
the fever that took her
the heart-attack
the routine surgery



(x-posted with explanation on my journal)
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