Dec 31, 2011
Perfect forethought and timing
What Narcissism Means to Me caught me with the title. It's funny and clever and has the occasional line that punches you in the gut - exactly what I want out of poetry.
This one is a good example, borrowed from here where you can read more excerpts,:
Like in the Chinese restaurant, it is
the perfect forethought and timing with which
the slices of orange arrive
on a small plate with the bill.
So, while you are paying what is owed,
The sweet juice fills your mouth for free.
And the fortune cookie too
which offers you the pleasure of Breakage
and then the other pleasure of Discovery,
extracting and reading the little slip of paper
with a happiness that you maybe conceal,
the way the child you once were
is even now concealed inside you.
Maybe you will marry a red-haired woman.
Maybe you are going to take a long journey.
Maybe a red-haired woman will steal your car and take a long journey.
Maybe you will be buried next to your mother.
And when the people you are dining with
smile and read their fortunes out loud,
and ask you to tell them your own,
you smile and tell them a lie,
and they laugh and think you are weird and funny and sad
and you know that you
are all of those things,
but you don’t tell them the truth
because you don’t trust anyone,
and you never have:
that is your fortune.