Friday, April 19, 2013


I want to fill the house, like Alice, my arm
squeezed in the children's bedroom,
one leg splayed down the staircase.

I want to be a scare--
or scarce, littler than a flea
so no one (yes, no one) can see me.

I want to dance around
this way, hopping from petal to leaf,
so I can finally be. Be let be.

Or, I want to be paper thin,
so I can fold myself up,
climb inside an envelope,
shimmy into the mailbox,
travel in a truck, a plane, across miles and seas

to India, where I'll unfold,
let my creases relax,
and sit in silence in a temple
or in a crowded marketplace,
where there are so many people

I will be invisible as an individual.

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