I need a ribbon. Draw me a ribbon.

by Mary Ann Samyn

I need an occasion for special,
a new vocabulary word I can practice in exclamatory, interrogative,
and most of all declarative sentences.
But what would this word be? I’ve tried pony,
contrition, Mary, fine
.
I’ve tried bad dream and hello sunshine!
Will any of these make the page less blank? My wrist thinner,
or maybe less thin, or bangled: a better music?
I think not.
Other people go about their business, which may or may not
relate. I assume nothing.
But birds, I’ve noticed, travel in twos. Sometimes, anyway.

Mary Ann Samyn’s most recent books include Beauty Breaks In (New Issues, 2009) and The Boom of a Small Cannon (Dancing Girl Press, 2010). She teaches in the MFA program at West Virginia University.

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