In some versions of the story you are a lizard

trying to escape the suck of a prehistoric mud pit,

 

but I remember you best

as a brightly colored bird or man

 

holding on to regrets.

Run faster! all the children say

 

to the lizard

while they chase him with forks.

 

At least, I know you felt that way.

 

I think you should allow yourself an easy sleep

tonight, however:

 

Whenever I tell the story,

I say you did as well as you possibly could have.

 

 

 

 

Hannah Gamble
is sending out her second book of poems. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from American Poetry Review, The Believer, Poetry, Court Green, and Rattle. She lives in Chicago, where she is an artist ­in ­residence at the Museum of Science and Industry.
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