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Rigging It

Poetry - First Place

By L. Maynard | Posted 10/20/1999

You go looking for your life.

Determined, you poke your stick

through trash cans and the backs of closets.

Mission-bound, you begin to travel

outside your own neighborhood.

Seems you just turned

your head a minute, or blinked;

it was right there, wasn't it?

Of a piece, the machinery oiled,

the gears synchronized?

Only when you really start

to parse it out, maybe it was always

a nut here, a sprocket there,

broken bits, ill-fitting, needing

wired-together assembly, and then

a good fast jab to get them going.

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