Fall 2005 • Vol. XXVII No. 4 PoetryOctober 1, 2005 |

Quarantine

Orange Cat yowls in the next room. Fog again, the shyness of land. I'm awake, not awake, there's coffee, a split apple on the desk, I'm self-conscious, mine is a small life spent in a room that tilts to the south and west. Orange Cat is alone, has to be a monk for twenty-four hours. The vet found bacteria under the microscope, ran an IV, gave her fluids (Why plural? Reminiscent of the phrase, "to take the waters") and penicillin. My wife just left with her sister-in-law for breakfast, I-HOP, I've not been in thirty years, remember the syrups, red and blue, junkie-sweet. I won't start asking rhetorical questions—why does any one thing matter more than any other thing—I have not just asked that, but the stray cap of my Carmex, I wonder if it's just as important, as trivial as the photo it supports, keeps from sliding, of Dickens' words— "God bless us every one!"—scratched into a metal door of the Begunje prison camp. First diarrhea and then vomiting, sausage-s

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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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