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A Small Fight Involving Sheep Cheese

Sometimes it takes a meat hook,

well actually two of them, to keep

my mind open. I am sorry

about the dishes and the butter,

too many cooks and all that,

but, you see, my big concern

is that you will grow tired of me

before I die. So please, if you would,

feel free to find new and inventive

ways to keep my ears from closing,

my eyes from shutting, my fool mouth

from speaking. Please grab whatever

funnel is closest and pour the world

down my throat and humble me.

It's funny, but even standing next to

a tree, I sometimes feel tall. Perhaps

a cartoon mallet is in order.

What I'm saying to you right now

is that I like it when you are frank.

I got mad about the dishes--you at me

because I told you to put the butter

in the pasta when it was your recipe.

I had never had sheep cheese

and vermicelli before; I did not know.

Please see that more foolish things

have slipped from men's mouths,

like: I am leaving forever

and I never liked you much, anyway,

come to mind. But I'll save you

those old stories and instead admit

I am clay and malleable, that

things like this throw me

back on the wheel, spinning.

Sean Conrey's poems have either appeared or are forthcoming in Permafrost and Another Chicago Magazine. As an undergraduate he studied poetry at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI and in 2002 he completed an MFA in poetry at Purdue. He is currently working on a Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition at Purdue.

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