POEM: January 1, 2018

January 1, 2018

I read Be Here Now
as the planet’s odometer
ticked over to 0000

the box fan hummed
the blue budgie squeaked
outside: no sound at all

Ram Dass rests atop
José Ángel Valente
in the same bedside drawer

the lama and the laureate
stacked like folded socks
(if all you have is a hammer

every problem that involves
nailing something is
easy to solve)

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12:12 AM
1 January 2018
State College PA

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