Aspects of the Poem
"We have defined a story as a narrative of events arranged in their
time-sequence. A plot is also a narrative of events, the emphasis
-E. M. Forster, Aspects of the Novel
Hume proved conclusively we cannot know
if anything is caused by something else.
In other words, our narrative has no
plot, is a patched physique that lacks a pulse.
Well, there's a plot of sorts, and history
is buried there, the one thing coming after
another, but it's still a mystery
to me as well as to E. M. Forster
why it is that this has followed that
and not this or that. The novelist
cannot accept that things occur without
cause, or thinks that if they do, at least
They shouldn't in his book; wherefore, I say,
if God exists, He prefers poetry.
They come, they go,
leaving behind a trail
of blue smoke, blue
because they are often sad,
smoke, because that's what
they do, lounging against store fronts,
waiting for you to remember
to pick them up
and when you do
they hop into the back seat,
saying Drive faster, or
Let's stop by Miranda's house,
do you remember her?