Way Opposite

after Richard Wilbur

The opposite of walk?
      A psychic with a crystal ball
            and tarot deck
                        who sees green
                                    when your palm is read.

      At the sign of a red palm
             I don’t walk,
                         I run.

Harryette Mullin, “Way Opposite” from Sleeping with the Dictionary. Copyright 2002 by Harryette Mullen.  Reprinted by permission of the University of California Press.
Source: Sleeping with the Dictionary (University of California Press, 2002)
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