The Known Spellings of Words

April 15, 2011

excuse me doctor Angelita is here
to ask you on the edge of sleep

insistent questions about a pain
too great to be just the land

but must be the storm as well
like you were asleep and dreaming

and didn’t wake in time to get to the hospital
but instead you dream that it killed you

a poem that its prediction is words
the ones that also said you were  destined

to be among the known spellings of words
and today the doctor called with a wordless thing

he called and called—even during lunch
it’s about turbulence, he said,  not endurance

not a new child, not Angelita to talk
to you on the edge of sleep

on the edge of sleep where the voices talk
and speak not of sleep, but of voices

a mind winding down, you need to see them
or be aware of the great context

he said, and not in the sight of
the known, not anything known

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