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Alone The latest poem from Wayne Dean-Richards' It's a Mad World, But Funny collection


The latest poem from Wayne Dean-Richards' It's a Mad World, But Funny collection

by Wayne Dean-Richards,
first published: March, 2023
I weigh myself, what does it mean?

approximate reading time: minutes

Wayne Dean-Richards has shared 18 poems for us to publish during the tail end of the winter and on into summer. 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?

will it?

alone, I wait for an answer.

Essential Info
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 and summer of 2023. A free downloadable PDF and a limited edition A6 Outsideleft Booklet (for neither profit or loss) of these poems will be available at the end. But not till the end. I think that means mid-September.



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