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How to Disappear

By Rae Armantrout


1


You had been swinging restlessly

between the appearance of spontaneity

and the appearance of serious thought.


You had been changing lanes

after a glance

in a mirror honest about

its tendency to distort.


What choice did you have?


It was soothing to watch

wisps of smoke

from a nearby chimney

disappearing

one by one.


2


Do you like pulses,


ridges, ripples

stretching into obscurity?


Would you prefer a flicker

to a steady light source?


This one stutters

slightly,


hesitant,


as if it could hold something

in reserve

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