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Getting to Know You

 

Remember yesterday, when an 8.8 hit Chile
and the earth’s axis tilted?

800 died and
the days became shorter

by 1.26 milliseconds.

Remember before I met you? There was a time
they told me about you.

How the teenage you tossed grapes to hovering gulls
when out at sea. How you hooked one grape
and tugged a floating gull behind the tacking boat
called New Hope.

They told me you ate raw bacon.

How your mom made you

wear your hair in a bowl cut.
Now you’re blushing.

Thank you.
The days are longer

now.

 

(originally published in Poets/Artists in August 2011)

The only problem
with Haiku is that you just
get started and then

~Roger McGough