Retrograde It’s This Like Mercury

in mercury awhile back through retrograde
is two weeks more now from and all my missives
seem to go missing when gods of the tardy
go courier, walkabout in the space of
outer void, pedaling-back in heaven, strange
path mysterious confused hard waking
coffee is the where I am stoned by weather
inclement as the long is day behind doors
to strangers closed and syntax skewed beyond
near recognition in need interpreter,
but he’s tie-tongued bashful and a not good
listener interprets other something than—
this message discarded by fiat this
ninth-twenty day of a cold winter month.

David M Pitchford
29 Nov 2011


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