TE21 Serbian Moments

Ana Ristović

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Beautiful Reflection ( fear of routine)

The more I read, the less I know about poetry . . .

The more inept hunter of little zebras I become along the soft slopes of knees and table legs.

An empty square. Encloses no one, not even itself, a poet claims;

only our shoes, two eager boats, and beside them, two shoehorns to slip out of with ease: Salty water drips into yours and sweet water into mine from the same cloud given us long ago for safekeeping

In the realm of the well-read, the wise and adept examine the zebra’s teeth, measure the width of her thighs and assess her stock, I seek the sweep of her tail, the play of her black and white stripes . . .

The dripping endures without end

Yet everywhere it’s bone dry not a single drop.

No one around not even us

Only metal shoehorns and someone’s beautiful inverted reflection fixed against the heavily trafficked sky.



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