His life was a crossword puzzle

Although somewhere he had lost

All the down & across clues

And the numbers in the squares

Had worn away over the years 

Still he spent his days thinking

Of words that fit in the spaces

The first row was always easy

It was the second stumped him

Since he realized all of a sudden

That words have consequences

That meant he had to think ahead

When choosing a word because

Later he would be forced to own it

Thinking ahead wasn’t really his gift

Being the impulsive guy he was

Friends with him for a short while

Always thought of him as brilliant

But the girls he would bring home

For the night were gone by the dawn

He never read the same edition twice

Once he went to visit his therapist

Who suggested that he go to Kinkos

Where he could use the paper cutter

To slice the puzzle on horizontal lines

At the next session they put it together

Again but as one long flowing puzzle

The black spaces were all still there

The white spaces all still unnumbered

But his answers entered day by day

No longer held any consequences

I heard that he went into politics

And is no longer on medication


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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One Response to Analysis

  1. the closer made me spit my coffee – thanks for the morning laugh


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