Piece in the Pocket

“Piece in the Pocket”

–Amy Engle

 

National Poetry Writing Month 2018 Poem #8

 

Dump out the box and

Sort the colored bits.

Do the edges first.

Check the floor

For rogue pieces.

Reach around puzzlers.

Ask if certain pieces

Fit together correctly.

Check the floor

For rogue pieces.

Begin the middle.

Switch to a different

Place when frustrated.

Check the floor

For rogue pieces.

Make small talk.

Spend hours afixing

The cardboard images.

Check the floor

For rogue pieces.

Adjust your view to

The other side.

It doesn’t help.

Check the floor

For rogue pieces.

Freak out that you

Can’t find a certain bit.

Suppress vulgar curses.

Check the floor

For rogue pieces.

Grandma had a custom of

Hiding pieces in pockets.

Accuse each other.

Check the floor

For rogue pieces.

Become agitated as

The afternoon wears on.

Keep referencing the box.

Check the floor

For rogue pieces.

Let go of frustration

And celebrate as you find

It underneath the couch.