Reduced

The editor wanted it short:

a bio between 50 and 75 words—

my irreducible life

reduced to a footnote,

a sound bite—

key words required to tread water

with “the’s” and “is’s” and “she’s”—

those words which are like grout

between the shiny tiles of the mosaic.

What’s my most impressive

fingerprint of words?

Could just one say as many as 75?

I’m tempted to say it can—

and that it suits me best: Tempted.

 

DeMaris Gaunt

9-17-14

 

(The poem, without the title, is exactly 75 words.)

 

 

 

 

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