Bring Prudence


The tape that was never recorded

It was 1969 that I first learned to dive.
Marbles everywhere and I plunged
growing odd limbs and even an ear.

A three piece quartet
tied me to a tree
and I was tired but free.

Before I knew,
I got arrested for raising glasses.

Come 1973,
I walk out with three new friends -
John, Austin, and John.
Sometimes I mix up their names
but they don’t like me anyway.

Which was the tallest, you might ask.
the stare? the pat? the toes?
I will remain.
the curtains?
and I will go.