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Baron Wormser: The Shuffle

Lost my soul in the shuffle.

Got a self instead.


Not a fair deal, not even-Steven,

Not Roger-dodger.

Moped. Nattered. Felt half-dead,

Though why did such fey items matter?

Wasn’t a carrot or a baseball or a tree.


Couldn’t trade it for a car,

Though, in the old tales

Before cars, various shifty characters

Swapped souls for knowledge

And temporal power.


                    Over centuries

The terms of the game change.

Centuries do that. Scour. Wipe.

You might as well argue with oblivion.


Still, there’s that lingering longing,

The cry of the inner sea,

The housing of infinity.

Copyright 2022 Baron Wormser

Baron Wormser founded the Conference on Poetry and Teaching. Wormser’s forthcoming book is titled The History Hotel (CavanKerry Press, Spring 2023).

8 comments on “Baron Wormser: The Shuffle

  1. Ann B. Day
    September 8, 2022

    Baron: So much in a few lines, “Centuries.of time…… ”
    “lost my soul …… ” Lingering longing…. ” Each time I read it I find new emotions. Thank you or providing that.

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    • Vox Populi
      September 8, 2022

      Thanks, Ann. I’m amazed at how much soul-work is contained in this poem, and yet the language remains playful.

      M.

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  2. Joyce Greenberg Lott
    September 8, 2022

    It’s so amazing what we think we’ve lost when it’s there all the time. Love the poem!

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  3. loranneke
    September 8, 2022

    Such a surprising change in tone — from the lighthearted to the deeply human. Good poem, good poem!

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  4. John Zheng
    September 8, 2022

    The interesting opening stanza functions like a bait.

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  5. vengodalmare
    September 8, 2022

    … The cry of the inner sea,
    The housing of infinity.

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