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Afraid So by Jeanne Marie Beaumont

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MARGINALIA • SKIP TO THE POEM

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Almost two in the morning. Barefoot and wrapped in a grey blanket I’ve given to myself as a gift just because. I am listening to Thibault Cauvin’s interpretation of Mad Rush by Philip Glass

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There are so many things I have yet to do. And yet here I am with a poem, always another poem.

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Will I always get hurt. Will there be more. What I am saying is: here is a poem.

Afraid So
Jeanne Marie Beaumont

Is it starting to rain?
Did the check bounce?
Are we out of coffee?
Is this going to hurt?
Could you lose your job?
Did the glass break?
Was the baggage misrouted?
Will this go on my record?
Are you missing much money?
Was anyone injured?
Is the traffic heavy?
Do I have to remove my clothes?
Will it leave a scar?
Must you go?
Will this be in the papers?
Is my time up already?
Are we seeing the understudy?
Will it affect my eyesight?
Did all the books burn?
Are you still smoking?
Is the bone broken?
Will I have to put him to sleep?
Was the car totaled?
Am I responsible for these charges?
Are you contagious?
Will we have to wait long?
Is the runway icy?
Was the gun loaded?
Could this cause side effects?
Do you know who betrayed you?
Is the wound infected?
Are we lost?
Will it get any worse?

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This poem appeared in Curious Conduct by Jeanne Marie Beaumont, published by BOA Editions, 2004. Shared here with profound gratitude.

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