Pantoum in the Margins [poem] by Daniel Patrick Roche

She wants him
to be happy she wants him
to be happy in his life she wants him to be happy
in his life with her.

To be happy, she wants him
to be sure he wants her—and wants to want her—
to be happy in his life. She wants him to be happy
when he sees her, to be sure.

To be sure, he wants her. And wants to want her.
But he’s not sure she wants him. He’ll make a move
when he sees her. To be sure.
To be sure she wants him.

But he’s not sure.  She wants him. He’ll make a move
to be happy in his life. She wants him to be happy.
To be sure she wants him.
She wants him.

 

Image of 1930s Switchboard Operator

[Refer: This poem refers to “In the Margins” by Robin Turner.]

Image by PennProvenanceProject via Flickr Creative Commons

Daniel Patrick Roche is a writer and political organizer living in Northern California. His work has appeared in the New Verse News and is forthcoming in The Camel Saloon.

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