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CYCLE

by James Reiss


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What why when where who
I crush my wedding glass beneath my shoe

In with from to at
I kiss my bride & cry Jehoshaphat

Five four three two one
I father daughters & entomb a son

Minsk Flint Perth Seoul Rome
I travel far to find myself at home

Large squat thin fat small
I greet a stranger in a shopping mall

Taste touch smell hear see
I lose my wife my gentle Melanie

I take my life & shake it by the hair
Who what why when where



Copyright © 1996 by The Atlantic Monthly Company. All rights reserved.
The Atlantic Monthly; May 1996; Cycle; Volume 277, No. 5; page 102.

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