Conversation With Red Ink
Pretend you’ve crossed out every word.
Pretend you spent half your life doing it.
Pretend the other you spent writing.
What will you do if you can’t
divide perfectly in two?
Bottle caps why in the icebox
do you turn a quarter turn
to the left
Why pluck a different note each
and then runs out of breath
Like a jazz band of two seconds
in the dark and almost frozen