Winter 1994 • Vol. XVI No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 1994 |

Riddle: Post-op

A-tisket a-tasket I'm out of my casket Into my hospital room With a view of Riverside DriveWhere the snow is a feathery shawl My children plump as chestnuts by the fire My son-in-law so humorous and tall My mate grandly solicitous, a broker With a millionaire's account. My friends bob in And out like apples Crying and crying You look wonderful While underneath this posh new paisley Bathrobe that laps me in luxury Underneath my squares of gauzeI've a secret, I've a riddle That's not a chestful of medals Or a lacquered lapel pin And not the trimly sewn Breast pocket of a tailored cashmere suit It doesn't need a hanky It's not the friendly slit of a zipper Or an actor's grin Or a word from the heart Not a twig from a dogwood tree Not really a worm Though you could have fooled me It was not drawn with crayon Brushed on with watercolor Or red ink, It makes a skinny stripe That won't come off with soap A scarlet letter but without a meaning Guess what it is It's nothing

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