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Take Away

you need to make a statement

something

slightly meaningful


mostly nervous

in tercets

in threesomes


like a joke

but a little more nervous

a little more stupid


car keys grinding initials

into a coffee-table

something like that


there is no

way out of

being human


except maybe

through plastics

or a hobbie involving


sharp + shiny tools

this is remarkable

what's left on paper


vestiges of a nervous

breakdown

a simile


made out of

scratches

and lotions


whatever it is

cy seems to know

the worthlessness


of all he

knows;

he seems to understand


"seems"

and the likelihood of

missing what you can't miss


there are

little sentences

inside that tent


remarkable

math problems

turning into


the good witch

it's all

it's all


that's

the take

away


("Untitled," Cy Twombley, 1954, crayon on paper)


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