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On Mt. Lemmon’s Aspen Trail   Leave a comment

On Mt. Lemmon’s Aspen Trail — Image by kenne

To my poet friends, how many have had the following experience?

Reading a poem to and audience, years
after its having been published
or even revisited, I discovered a word

that should have been another, an edit
that was so obvious to me—the  apt word
stealthily entering my consciousness—

I stumbled over it, embarrassingly
losing my train of thought,  nervously
shifting my weight, pussyfooting—

my feet doing a little dance, behind 
the speaker’s stand, my mind
in a state of reorganizational panic

as when the face of a former lover, emerges
from memory and lightly touches something
strangely new, something ethereal . . . 

— from The Edit by David M. Parsons

 

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