The Bagel

I stopped to pick up the bagel
rolling away in the wind,
annoyed with myself
for having dropped it
as if it were a portent.
Faster and faster it rolled,
with me running after it
bent low, gritting my teeth,
and I found myself doubled over
and rolling down the street
head over heels, one complete somersault
after another like a bagel
and strangely happy with myself.

— David Ignatow, author of Against the Evidence

All poems, art, and photos are public domain, creative commons, or used by permission of author or publisher. Photo by Iris, via Flickr.
Artist Debbie Young

Art by Harold Sikkema

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