Wayne Dean-Richards has shared 18 poems for us to publish during the tail end of the winter and on into spring. The collection is called It's a Mad World, But Funny. Eventually there will be a free, downloadable PDF of all the poems and a planned A6 compendium too. (Links to all of the poems way down the page.)
I weigh myself, what does it mean?
today, I’m heavier than I was yesterday,
but not as heavy as I was last week, a month ago,
last year, what does it mean?
I kneel and adjust the scales.
now when I step back on,
according to these scales and these scales alone,
I weigh the same as I did yesterday, what does it mean?
I get off the scales and adjust them
so that they’re correct again, why?
I run a bath and sit in hot water.
for an hour, I sweat. after which I
dry myself then weigh
myself again. now I weigh the same
as I did yesterday. it’s more satisfying
to adjust myself than it is to adjust the scales, why is that?
later I’ll weigh myself – stripped naked - in the dark.
when I do if I’m unable to see the numbers on the scales
will it mean I don’t weigh anything?
alone, I wait for an answer.
The 18 poems comprising Wayne Dean-Richards' IT'S A MAD WORLD BUT FUNNY series are listed below. Outsideleft will be publishing them all throughout the spring of 2023. A free downloadable PDF and a limited edition A6 chapbook (for neither profit or loss) of these poems will be available at the end. But not till then.
Wayne Dean Richards A Bunch of Five at Outsideleft
Wayne Dean Richards Microfiction begins here: To Me
Wayne Dean-Richards works with short stories and the novel. His work has been published in magazines and anthologies in the UK and the US. Some of that work can be found in his collection Cuts, available here
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