A bunch of literary "rebels" at the college I previously attended (William & Mary, for those who must know) put out an "underground" literary magazine of sorts. It's very interesting, to say the least. Today, I picked up an issue that included the following poem, which I thought was simply brilliant in its simplicity and surprise. It's written by "kt bentley" (no idea if the all-lowercase letters are part of the design, or a nod towards, e.g., e.e. cummings). Here's the poem, in its entirety:
one day I wondered
If I could go the whole day
Without saying anything.
I could be silent in classes,
Just take notes and stare at slides-
Who would notice?
I could just walk from class to class,
Place to place, wherever the hell I had to go-
No one would notice.
I could be silent for a day,
My vocal chords would never vibrate,
Or tingle or stretch or whatever they do
And for a day I would be completely invisible.
Could I do it? I wondered.
I thought I could.
Then I remembered-
I could never do that.
I'm too fucking awesome.