“The History of My Life” by John Ashberry—
Once upon a time there were two brothers.
Then there was only one: myself.
I grew up fast, before learning to drive,
even, there was I: a stinking adult
I thought of developing interests
someone might take an interest in. No soap.
I became very weepy for what had seemed
like the pleasant early years. As I aged
increasingly, I also grew more charitable
with regard to my thoughts and ideas,
thinking them at least as good as the next man’s.
Then a great devouring cloud
came and loitered on the horizon, drinking
it up for what seemed like months or years.