Given Stolen

Citation is a form of kleptomania.

gives, a note to envalue
the day, stolen

I like how the poet in these two lines balances out the beginning of giving with the concluding of stealing. Of course, what snagged my attention was the use of “envalue” and I was left hovering over what it is that contributed value and what it was that received it.

More context on either side is revealing but also conducive to less allusiveness…

around a gift the old stereo
gives, a note to envalue
the day, stolen

from notions of winter

George Bowering. Another Mouth. “Last Lyrics: From the Mystery”.

Citations are a form of endowment.

And so for day 1194

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