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I need a form—vertical? horizontal?
(from the side, or full-frontal?)
suicidal, or just mental?
or (I'm thinking toothache) dental?
I need a form—elaborate? simple?
(neither gap-toothed grin, nor dimple)
spare or (spare me) ample?
would you like a free sample?
I need a form—try Chinese menu?
(intimate or public venue?)
loony bin, I've already been—you
think I'm trying to lose or win you?
I need a form—for neither/either
both/and friendly/heavy breather
down to earth and lost in ether
I need a form—for what I need
some alphabet to write & read
(first see-saw, then gone to seed)
I need a form—for I don't know
any more than the next guy oh
next best, next to nothing, no
news is good, or make it so
I need a form like a hole in my head
my heart, my sole, my empty bed
the books that I've already read
& day-old bread
Whatever form of need you take
(or knead & bake)
can't have your cake
& eat it. Ache.
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