Ask Yourself Expert (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 6 Dec 2019 in Art, Poems

Pastel and ink drawing of stiff walker in landscape




Ask Yourself Expert


Ask anyone who knew you

then were you the mildewed sponge retentive

of cultured damp ask yourself expert

on passing bucks pop-psych books

you liked the idea of being in touch, liked touching

on subjects au courant liked the bodies

mangled for rockets in The Right Stuff

liked swinging graceless but not locked

as now your limbs’ tabetic walk

winds prophecy backwards

to your high school clique


they didn’t go there in those days

but you did


liked sending out for things delivered

playing host at parties given

by business friends consumed

rhino tusk and tiger gland attained

the will and secret strength of kings

or demi-godly potentates


found a doctor who let this be

took his fee, permitted doubt wrote

down for you rare it is, strict odds on your side

and what is possible and what is not said

another truth we see the unexplained

for what is mortal is not divine

he shrugs




Ask Yourself Expert

Oil painting of turtle-shaped volcanic islandTurtle Island
If Only Others
















(2019, Stephanie Foster)




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