Ron Padgett
POETRY
 

Mortal Combat

 

You can’t tell yourself not to think
of the English muffin because that’s what
you just did, and now the idea
of the English muffin has moved
to your salivary glands and caused
a ruckus. But I am more powerful
than you, salivary glands, stronger
than you, idea, and able to leap
over you, thoughts that keep coming
like an invading army trying to pull
me away from who I am. I am
a squinty old fool stooped over
his keyboard having an anxiety attack
over an English muffin! And
that’s the way I like it.


[from How to Be Perfect, Coffeee House Press, 2007]

 


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