Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Rae Armantrout, "Veil"

The doll told me
to exist.

It said, "Hypnotize yourself."

It said time would be


Now the optimist

sees an oak

and a girl whiz by
on a bicycle

with a sense of pleasurable

She budgets herself
with leafy


I too
am a segmentalist.


But I've dropped
more than an armful

of groceries or books

into a train station.

An acquaintance says
she colors her hair

so people will help her
when this happens.

To refute her argument
I must wake up

and remember my hair's
already dyed.

As a mentalist
I must suffer


then repeat myself
in a blind trial.

I must write
punchlines only I
can hear

and only after
I've passed on

- Rae Armantrout, "Veil"

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