National Poetry Month Day 27: “Consider This” by Henry Mortimer ’88

Consider This

Some animal, some low
beast
has done me a favor:
it
tipped over the trash
can
in the alley early this morning,
scattering
the contents, everything –
brown
banana peels, wads of Kleenex,
open
soiled diapers, moldy carrots,
chicken
bones and greasy aluminum foil,
gum,
dental floss, a Hershey’s wrapper –
so that
I must pick up each piece
and
consider this too comprises
my life.

 

This poem originally appeared in Everyday Poems.

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Henry Mortimer graduated from Bucknell in 1988. His poems have appeared in print and online publications and he writes Scribbleskiff.com, an occasional blog about books, music, and other distractions. He currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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