Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer: "Guilty Bystander"

[Poet's note: "This Christmas [2010], my six-year-old son taught me the lesson of how valuable it can be to pay attention—a found poem."]
The gate of heaven is everywhere.
—Thomas Merton, “Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander”

“I don’t know,”
says Finn,
and I forget

what that first
question was,
but speaking

into the microphone
of the karaoke machine,
I then asked him,

“What do you know
for sure?”
And he says

into his mic,
“If you only
ask Santa

for one present,
he’ll bring it to you.”
I ask him,

“What else do you know?”
The reverb knob
is turned to max

so his quick answer
bounces around
the room, “Sometimes

nothing can be true.”
So I ask him,
“What else?”

and he says,
“The world

"Guilty Bystander" by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer. Published online at Virtual Teahouse, the poet's blog, on December 25, 2010.

Photography credit: Image by unknown photographer, found at this link (originally color).

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