Beginning like ending an improper severance -
the cut thread frays, the dancing cable crackles
across the worktop. Onward under sufferance
towards no known end, pioneer of feckless
consecration, brusque kickstarting tyro,
spatter-gowned convener of debacles:
just see if you can swing this, until giro
cashed at least: make straight-backed riverdance
swish move to exit, grinning down El Toro.
* * *
Severance packaged as opportunity
for self-improvement; for remediation,
transplanted thriving, fresh immunity.
I am again myself after a fashion:
aspy, neurotic, wilfully acute;
shrinking from rancour as from radiation
of that last meltdown. I had thought
aspy meant serpentine, or rather dry:
as shed snake-skin, as dying rasp of drought.
* * *
The intention is to write one of these a day, until I get sick of them
or there are enough.