Winter 2003 • Vol. XXV No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 2003 |

Say a Person Suddenly

finds himself saying (herself saying)—in the shower, perhaps, or while eating a bowl of cereal—I don't know what to do, I just don't know what to do. Let's assume that within the scope of daily obligations the person really does know what to do—knows how to get to work and how to do his job there (her job there), knows how to plan for the events of the weekend with family and (let's make a leap of faith here) friends. What, then, is one to make of this— what shall we call it, beyond-one's-control utterance? Maybe you yourself have known such a person, have heard her say (him say), at the beginning of an outwardly promising day, I simply don't know what to do. Well, I ask you: what were you able to make of it? What insight can you bring to this issue before us? After all, the sky is perfectly clear this morning, the light of that brilliant clarity one associates with (I know, I know, these terns are loaded) the spiritual, the inspiring. A simple glance out the window, one wan

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