Mary Jo Bang

(1946 / Ferguson, Missouri)

Catastrophe Theory Iii - Poem by Mary Jo Bang

Now we sit and play with a tiny toy
elephant that travels a taut string.
Now we are used and use in turn
each other. Our hats unravel
and that in itself is tragic.
To be lost. To have lost. Verbs

like veritable engines pulling the train
of thought forward. The hat is over-
turned and out comes a rabbit. Out comes a man
with a monocle. Out comes a Kaiser.
Yikes, it's history, that ceiling
comprised of recessed squares, each leg a lifeline,

each lie a wife's leg. A pulled velvet cord
rings a bell and everyone comes running
to watch while a year plummets
into the countdown of an open mouth. A loop of razor wire
closes around the circumference of a shaken globe
of snow. Yellowed newsprint with its watery text,

a latticework of shadow thrown
onto the clear screen of the prison wall.
From a mere idea comes the twine
that gives totality its name. What is a theory
but a tentacle reaching for a wafer of reason.
The inevitable gap tragic. Sure, tragic.

Topic(s) of this poem: lost


Comments about Catastrophe Theory Iii by Mary Jo Bang

  • Kelly Kurt (4/1/2015 12:00:00 PM)


    A marvelous and well written poem, Mary Jo. Thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 1, 2015



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