Now It Was Now

From And Don’t Come Back, published in 2021.

Now It Was Now

Now it was now
the now at close range
the peel peeled away
the snakeskin shed
the paint stripped off
the seeds revealed

Turn the needles
to work the cast-on row of stitches.
Dip the spoon into the bowl.
Approach the dive. Break the egg.

Now it was now. Begin.