AFTER APPOLLINAIRE’S Les Attentives
It’s fine. I do not use it anyway.
We all have elbows. These things sometimes break
at just a touch. Don’t worry for my sake.
These things don’t hurt as much as people say.
Do not be silly – it is not your fault.
Your work is touching, sweet and elegant
and its effect on me irrelevant.
I’m fine. Don’t give the matter any thought.
You’ve an appointment and I have a brush.
Once you have gone, I’ll sweep up every shard.
And glue them back together. It’s not hard.
I’ve time, not even slightly in a rush.
Such a small thing, I’ll laugh, you’ll make me start
You knocked it over, but it’s just my heart.