Poetry

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In Poetry on January 23, 2012 at 10:22 pm

The man on the cover
wants you to buy the book.
He has the look of a kindly grandfather;
you trust his judgement instinctively.

When you visit, he shuffles eagerly
to the door in worn-out slippers,
makes hot chocolate, hunts for the cookies
he remembers buying, once.
The dog is happy too, and rests his head
in your lap, wagging his matted tail.

Later, in the nursing home, years after
you took his smelly dog to the pound,
he will have forgotten everything
he ever knew about computers.

F.J. Bergmann frequents Wisconsin and fibitz.com, functioning (so to speak) as the poetry editor of Mobius: The Journal of Social Change (mobiusmagazine.com. She has no academic literary qualifications, but hangs out a lot with people who do. Her fourth chapbook, Out of the Black Forest, is forthcoming from Centennial Press any year now.

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