Understandings

Rae Armantrout

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

This is sometimes known
as prayer.

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

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To stand beneath
or walk behind –

to comprehend! –

to grab wildly
at surrounding objects.

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

Others sit in corners
closely watching their fingers.

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We fill the world
with selfie avatars,

and more and more
children

refuse to recognise their names.