It Would

it would be that
but only if I knew how
            Could something like
      that get lost?    no only
         a little a little lost

      but if only I remember
      how I mean she or I
         oh a freight train goes by
    & they always do & did
             I mean a real one too
         that I’m not on & am it
                very seriously

         in this serious love world
       that one
      where something oddly music
            will pass through your
                  and it will be me
             sweet me

Alice Notley, “It Would” from Selected Poems (Talisman House, 1993). Copyright © 1993 by Alice Notley. Reprinted with the permission of the author.
Source: Selected Poems (Talisman House, Publishers, 1993)