for Elliot Helfer

             Do potatoes suffer?

                            Would it be new
                             with a blue pen?

                This lightweight
                                slightly minimalist
                        black German
                                          fountain pen

                     The Lamy Safari

             The alphabet
                    with my name inserted
                                 black against red

the same as
Caxton’s Missal

                                        Should I look that up?

it ain’t
   what you think

                                        The ship sinks
                                        rather quickly

                       Why were they sailing so far north?

                                 Kate Winslet concedes
                                 it isn’t her best work

    The knife on the counter
        blade side up

in the word
is the theory?

                       Me, I
                         just tend to
                               blurt things out