Tuesday, January 12, 2016

PUBLIC ARENA

You are now exiting the neon rainbow realm
and entering Public Arena.
Your teeth better be white.
No traces of glittery ruby lipstick.
Discard the phone numbers scribbled in haste
on Koko Loko napkins.
You won't need those here.
Your pencils better be sharpened.
Scuff marks are not allowed on public arena shoes.
The word for this day and the next day and the last day is
a c c o u n t a b i l i t y
because you are a number
and every number
counts.