Winter 1998 • Vol. XX No. 1 Poetry |

Waiting for UPS

Now I live inside the window. Now I think the sky doesn't have enough sky today and that all the trees have cancer and are whispering their little coughs to the earth though I don't hear them because I'm trying to talk with three boxes destined for Pittsburgh. The woman from UPS said they'd be here sometime between eight and five which is like predicting that one day you'll feel the need to purchase either a matching rake and pitchfork or hollow-point bullets and nightscope. I'm not good at waiting which means I'm not good at being alive. I'm not strong enough to believe there must eventually be a kiss on my spine at midnight that lasts forty-seven years and leads to piles of scrapbooks in which I've recorded the dailiness of my bliss. I'm not wise enough to hear anything the ocean has said to me after worshiping it for days except go away. Gladly I would were it not for these boxes and the books in the boxes and the letters between the pages of the books written by my father to my

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Bob Hicok's most recent book, Elegy Owed, will be published in the spring of 2013 by Copper Canyon Press.

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