Lisa Lubasch, Getting Around It
Up at the Boston Review this month: read the full poem
First thing you do is get around it. It is a hard thing to get around but the way you do it you are able to get around it.
It is a difficult thing to get around.
Next thing you do is reel it in. In and under. You reel it in.
That’s also difficult so it is good that you succeed, reeling it in.
When you have managed to get around it and have succeeded in reeling it in, what you do next is consider it.
You consider it briefly.
But you cannot live with yourself considering it.
You cannot live with yourself considering it but you have to live with yourself. You have no one else to live with.
So you say to yourself, If I must live with myself then I will try to consider that I have made progress. I have made considerable progress. Not many people know.
Not many people know, but that doesn’t detract from the progress. Who needs people to know? you say.
What you say next is, I do?
But you quickly dismiss that as the thought of a person who has not made progress.
Not as much progress as you have made.
Anyway, all this considering of your progress has made you a little nervous. And so you go back to reeling it in.
When that’s done you try again to get around it.
Not this time.
No way of getting around it. This time.
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