Elizabeth Swados

(1951 / New York / United States)

Fortune Cookie Fortunes - Poem by Elizabeth Swados

YOU will uproot and move
and there will be nothing.

Nothing is at the root of it and therefore
there is nothing.

Therefore it is said, ''nothing becomes nothing
as nothing.''

Nothing given, nothing taken.

You will take your time
and nothing will happen.

It happens, my friend, and
there is nothing you can do.

In time, you will mean nothing to
you or your friends.

Your friends have nothing to lose
but your time.

Win nothing, lose nothing.
Lose nothing, lose more friends.

You will look but you will
find more nothing.

Look, nothing more can be said at this time.
More time. More nothing.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, August 25, 2014

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