Receipts from something not a book.
The tongues of fortune cookies.
An envelope containing nothing,
the tears folded flat.
It might have been the last time
your name was written by that hand.
A bill you wanted to avoid opening
now opens a click of space
bigger than money, traveling time
by staying still. Something not a book
waits where you left the words.
It will take your attention like a ticket
whose destination is next time,
which you will shove in a book
to hold your place when the
landscape carries you away.
I’m sure I will always remember this line whenever I encounter such a bookmark: “it will take your attention like a ticket”.
“The tongues of fortune cookies.” What a great image, Jeff, and a damn good poem, too.