After Dave’s Top Ten Most Annoying Things That
People Do With Their Fingers, you got a semi-colon
tattooed on one palm and an umlaut on the other (your
sister asked if it was a dieresis; your lover
where the third dot was).
Cheek-puffing was my thing
The commute was shuffling madness –
head-shaking, eye-rolling & watch-checking;
some people did all three in sync (I tried
but couldn’t get it down).
The line for coffee resembled ∞.
I couldn’t but dwell,
and glory in the shuffle.
With me in bed,
a mammoth and a fly
(one in ice, the other in amber).
I wonder when they
stopped being metaphors
and squeeze for space