Position without a Magnitude by Charles Simic

Hot fuck. Just got a C+ on my oral exams in Philosophy. Someone I shouldn’t name’s birthday in exactly a month from now. Watched a movie. Felt sad because the characters can’t go back. Or was I feeling really sad for myself? Had no plans at all to come back to school. M. went and saved me. I feel hollow inside.

Position without a Magnitude
Charles Simic

As when someone
You haven’t noticed before
Gets up in an empty theater
And projects his shadow
Among the fabulous horsemen
On the screen

And you shudder
As you realize it’s only you
On your way
To the blinding sunlight
Of the street.


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