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It Is, It’s Not

It’s still a ways away. It’s going to go away, you know. It’s still there. It is, or it isn’t. It’s in the mail. It’s in the console. It’s the perfect fit. It’s me versus you. It’s something we can all look back to. It’s forward looking. It’s around here somewhere. It’s the American Dream. It’s far from my reach. It’s only six weeks until raise time. It’s not guaranteed. It’s destined for nowhere. It’s written in Sanskrit. It’s translated to mean something unknown. It’s in the works. It’s not in the cards. It’s on my dresser. It’s not that. It’s not the way that goes. It’s not their best work. It’s not that funny, is it? It’s not Fleetwood Mac. It’s not nice to be right all the time. It’s not nice to boast. It’s not a miracle to me. It’s not pure. It’s not the worst thing that could happen. It’s not who you think it is. It’s not over there, I said. It’s not impossible to go back to school at your age. It’s not that far on the map. It’s not something you could actually get a job doing. It’s none of your business. It’s not my first rodeo. It’s not too bad going down. It’s third and long at the Rams’ 38-yard line. It’s all a big money thing. It’s guaranteed 2-day delivery. It’s neither of yours now, goddammit! It is to be read along with my will. It’s such a waste of time. It’s at least something. It’s over there, I said! It’s neither the best, nor the worst. It’s nothing compared to yours. It’s snowing! It’s time to go potty, Dog Dog. It’s hell getting old. It’s cold in here. It’s not cold in here! It’s not on this map anywhere. It’s not yours. It’s impossible to hear in this room. It’s winding down. It’s incomprehensible to me. It’s poetry wearing winter camouflage. It’s getting late. It’s not like this could go on forever, could it?


Jim Landwehr has four published memoirs (At the Lake, Cretin Boy, Dirty Shirt, The Portland House) and five poetry collections (Thoughts from a Line at the DMV, Genetically Speaking, Reciting from Memory, Written Life, On a Road).

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