POEM: So Special

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“So Special”

by Douglas John Imbrogno


I think that I cannot be killed,
that my work is incomplete,
my dreams

not yet completely manifested.
Ergo, it is not possible that by
leaning over in my vehicle to reach

a fallen hat I might upend the car.
Send my heart through the
steering wheel. Why do I think this?

Why do we think this way?
That we are not in the bulls-eye
of the marksman. This is a willed deception.

If I let such truth seep into my
field of vision, I would need to admit —
I might not be so special, after all.


~ from “The Air Is Full of the Dreams of Sleeping People” (forthcoming chapbook)


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