Rae Armantrout

To convey great effort
and mild reluctance,
one groans briefly
when sitting up in bed.

This is sometimes known
as prayer.


Ignore the wind chimes.
They’re a bad example.


To stand beneath
or walk behind –

to comprehend! –

to grab wildly
at surrounding objects.


Some grab at attention
by quipping, ‘I don’t care.’

Others sit in corners
closely watching their fingers.


We fill the world
with selfie avatars,

and more and more

refuse to recognise their names.