I give you a plenitude,
unwrap them carefully.
— one’s as fragile as the other —
and when you thank me
I’ll pretend not to notice the doubt in your voice
When you say they’re just what you wanted.
Put them on the table by your bed.
When you wake in the morning
they’ll have gone through the door of sleep
Into your head. Wherever you go
they’ll go with you and
wherever you are they’ll wonder,
smiling about the fullness
you can’t add to
and the emptiness
that you can’t fill.
When you feel nothingness
and emptiness gnawing at your life,
there is no need for despair.
This is a call from your soul,
awakening your life to new possibilities.
Nothingness is the sister of possibility.
Presents by Norman MacCaig
how to tell the differences between,
the people truly wanting to change themselves, thus the world,
from the ones with underlying, unsavory, motivations
we use them everyday
or we get ourselves into
where we hone our skills
by finally struggling,
like a fly in the spider web,
finally extricating ourselves
as we learn our newest lessons
the, God awful,