Jennifer K. Sweeney

How to Make a Game of Waiting

This is a capsized game
and there is no display of aces.
Buy a rare and expensive plant that never blooms.
Rearrange your books by the color of the spines.
Bury all your keys that don’t unlock anything.
These are not rules but merely suggestions
of what has worked for others.
For instance, the man who painted landscapes
on his daughter’s sheet music.
Put a big rock on your desk.
Do not name the rock.
Take the numbers off the clock and mail them
to your credit card company.
Stitch the hours onto a kite.
Every night, ask, until you can hear what replies.

© 2008 Electronic Poetry Review