i'm not really here

Epictetus was right.
JANUARY 21, 2012 3:04PM

this, what i meant to say

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this, what i meant to say, when

you, staring at trees and i

watching through a window,

i’ve empty pockets.


no inked mercies,

for i am bumbling bilbo,

i know you half as well

as i should like,

and, when i read you,

gardner’s grendel whispers in my ear

naked to the cold mechanics of the stars*


but little faith should be spared

for dragon-speakers


no pockets, no ink, no words

just staring out the window

you staring at a tree

wishing you well


Grendel, John Gardner, Vintage Books, April 1989


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