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Volume 53
Issue 1

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  • Poetry
Found Poem — Purpose of Life
Colby Watson

I’ve seen all his movies,

some of them twice,

I’ve stalked him all over town

some of them twice

I’ve photographed his wives

some of them twice

I can get him to talk to me

some of them twice


I doubt you’ll remember me

Jeevan works as a paparazzo

wanted to be done with it

filled with mystery

and impossibly distant

it’s lonely

makes as a passable living

but sick to death

of stalking celebrities

their footsteps echoing

behind sidewalk planters

and in parked cars


I want to do something that matters


He’d spent an enormous

amount of time

doing something that matters

I want to be the one

to step forward


It means I do

what I say I’m going to do


He had told no one

Arthur and Elizabeth split

absolutely no one

for a full twenty-four hours

he’d been quiet

after the interview

something that matters