Sunday, January 29, 2023

Bob, the Same

We suspect the escapist
Of really dreaming
Of escape from the escape,
A suspect running
Down a blind alley

Hoping for an open door
To end the running,
Like Roberto Benigni—
Not as he ended
Life Is Beautiful,

Where his character escapes
As all flesh escapes
At the end of that alley,
But as he ended
Up in Down by Law,

Simply quitting his escape
For a fairytale
Encounter deep in the swamps,
In his dream lover’s
Enchanted diner

Where he could hide forever,
Dancing cheek to cheek
In Uncle Luigi’s clothes,
That this world would stay,
And I could stay here with it.

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