A Spatula and Some Windex

Mary Ruefle

Spring 2017

Most of the time, I haven’t had time
In general, time has not been there to hold me
For much of my life, I haven’t felt that I am special to time
I have rarely had time give me sound advice
I find myself clinging to time because I am afraid it will leave
I need time so much I worry about losing it
I worry that time will abandon me
When I feel time pulling away from me, I get desperate
Sometimes I am so worried about time I think I drive it away
I feel that time will take advantage of me
I can’t let my guard down in the presence of time
It is only a matter of time
I am quite suspicious of time
I am usually on the lookout for time’s ulterior motives
I don’t fit into time
I’m fundamentally different from time
I’m a loner when it comes to time
I have a difficult time demanding that my rights be respected by time
I’m the one who usually ends up taking care of time
Am I a good person because I think of time more than myself?
I am too self-conscious to show others how I waste time

Mary Ruefle is the author of, most recently, My Private Property. She is the recipient of numerous honors, including this year’s Aiken Taylor Award in Modern American Poetry.

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