Sunday, November 27, 2005


The Second Man

Second Man

A row of men in dark suits—
the second watches the first
give away his hand
and get a smaller one in return.

The second man thinks—
as do many others—
that this is the denouement
but it’s actually In Medias Res.

The second man watches—
as the hands start joining,
as the plans start forming,
and he nods approvingly.

The second man, once named best—
sees the hands stop joining,
sees the plans start breaking,
and wonders if he deserves the name.

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