Poet’s Corner: trouble


By Michael Oliveira

my ocd me
requests you put it back where
you know it belongs

by that i imply
in exactly the same spot
facing the same way

cause if you don’t
it could trouble me all night
that i would not like

it’s equivalent
to having a pebble in
the shoe of my mind

this could have all been
avoided had you just left
well enough alone

Michael Oliveira has lived and worked on Martha’s Vineyard for decades. He currently lives in East Falmouth.

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