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That Everything's Inevitable

That everything's inevitable.
That fate is whatever has already happened.
The brain, which is as elemental, as sane, as the rest of the processing universe is.
In this world, I am the surest thing.
Scrunched-up arms, folded legs, lovely destitute eyes.
Please insert your spare coins.
I am filling them up.
Please insert your spare vision, your vigor, your vim.
But yet, I am a vatic one.
As vatic as the Vatican.
In the temper and the tantrum, in the well-kept arboretum
I am waiting, like an animal,
For poetry.

Credit


From The Heaven-Sent Leaf by Katy Lederer. Copyright © 2008 by Katy Lederer. Used by permission of BOA Editions, Ltd, www.boaeditions.org. All rights reserved.

Author


Katy Lederer

Katy Lederer is the author of the poetry collections The bright red horse— and the blue— (Atelos, 2017) and The Heaven-Sent Leaf (Crown Publishing, 2008).

Date Published: 2008-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/everythings-inevitable