Poem for Hour Two

A Mesostic – For and Not For My Dog Tugboat

“These cracked elbows, the only sign of time passing”
   —Canisia Lubrin from The Dzgraphxst, page 41

              Cracked elbows, the only sign of Time
                          passing Canisa says bUt
                                      not true God said
          to me just now sounding puzzled, the Big bang and its
                          aftermath, all that nOthing turned into somethings,
              for darn near fourteen billion yeArs that’s
                        big, very big, sign of Time passing he told me.

                     What more of Time do I need
               or want to know aboUt with death        
                    always this TuG

                              at my ankles, this Bounded true
                                                nOrth, all of us heading
                                         in the sAme direction
                                                 Time or no time.

                                      To pass the Time, mark
                              time, waste time, plUg
                    the holes in the boat of time Going down
                                   anyway, so why Bother giving
                      time or cracked elbows a secOnd thought. Why not
                imagine a dog, any dog, but especiAlly my dog, Tugboat
                                   bounding along Today untugged, unleashed 
                                                        to time.

*The mesostic form like the acrostic form takes a word and spells it vertically down the page but unlike the acrostic places it to create varied left and right margins.

Richard Osler
Poem for Hour Two
Poetry Half Marathon
June 26th, 2021

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