Rae Armantrout – Control

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;

one arm
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)