The POTW: Verse Til It Hurts


POTW #717
(Week of 28 February, 2010)

This was one of those days where I was having a lot of trouble trying to decide what to write about. For about an hour I tossed around various ideas that didn't move me. The poem might have wound up being about teapots or tsunamis or extemporaneous clothing choices, but then I saw somebody wearing a new T-shirt with an old logo on it, and this is what somehow got stirred up by that particular spoon:

Past Participle

Time is a substance of varying density
Its thickly ethereal gauzy immensity
Wrought by subjective subconscious propensity
Time is a lobe of the brain
And the past stays underfoot forever
Quicksand potential for every endeavor
Stepstool or beartrap or sidewalk or tether
The past is a fickle terrain
But interpretable just the same

Copyright © 2010 by Dave Grossman

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