I catalog significant life events and mistakes
according to the Dewey Decimal System.
We fall into
095 Books notable for bindings
157 Emotions (no longer used)
188 Stoic philosophy
399 Customs of war and diplomacy
708 Galleries, museums, private collections
& 538 Magnetism
I use polysyllabic words when drunk.
The longer the word, the more I think I’m flirting.
& 165 Fallacies and sources of error
In a month you’ll forget me.
(I said that a month ago.)
I’ll believe this every month forever
because it’s hard to forget being forgotten
and you never want to be surprised by it.
& 419 Verbal languages not spoken or written
Whenever I’m on a lake,
I imagine the waves bring me a corpse:
always of a young woman,
not love letters in bottles
or treasure maps or starfishes.
She summons an armada of bodies,
all awaiting discovery—
the gentle lapping of the water
like a child tugging at his mother’s blouse,
I’m here, I’m here.
& 748 Glass
My greatest fear is drowning.
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