We are learning to control our thoughts,
to set obtrusive thoughts aside.
It takes an American
to do really big things.
Often I have no thoughts to push against.
It’s lonely in a song
about outer space.
When I don’t have any thoughts,
I want one!
A close-up reveals
that she has chosen
a plastic soap dish
in the shape of a giant sea turtle.
Can a thought truly be mine
if I am not currently thinking it?
There are two sides
to any argument;
in each sleeve.
Maybe I am always meditating,
if by that you mean
searching for a perfect
Rae Armantrout, “Control” from Itself. Copyright © 2015 by Rae Armantrout. Reprinted by permission of Wesleyan University Press.
Source: Itself (Wesleyan University Press, 2015)