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In English
we place a noun
meaning fixed purpose
before our verbs
to create the future
tense.


Here, in the private life
my team invents,
I’m in a floodlit kitchen
like the set
of an old-time ad
for Tide

and I am chopping
something.


Isn’t this the past
perfect?
Should I feel nostalgic?

This corn is highly
leveraged

and I’m wearing
a pink slip.

Source: Poetry (March 2013)

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