That everything's inevitable.
That fate is whatever has already happened.
The brain, which is an elemental, as sane, as the rest of the processing universe is.
In this world, I am the surest thing.
Scrunched-up arms, folded legs, lovely destitute eyes.
Please insert your spare coins.
I am filling them up.
Please insert your spare vision, your vigor, your vim.
But yet, I am a vatic one.
As vatic as the Vatican.
In the temper and the tantrum, in the well-kept arboretum
I am waiting, like an animal,
For poetry.
  • Katy Lederer, "That Everything’s Inevitable" from The Heaven-Sent Leaf. Copyright © 2008 by Katy Lederer.  Reprinted by permission of BOA Editions, Ltd. .

  • Source: The Heaven-Sent Leaf (BOA Editions Ltd., 2008)

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