Now there is this utter
loss of purpose under
such necessary rules –
dignity dribbled away
days ago – handouts a
new first – uncertainty
paces in my hallway &
dreams knit into days
[living apart blurs any
distinction – no one to
impress] – relentless is
a given – as if locked in
& waiting on parole to
knock [no real contact
to report – or to enjoy]