Poets Walk: "poking under the rugs"

Poets Walk: "poking under the rugs"

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Looking by W.D. Snodgrass


What was I looking for today?

All that poking under the rugs,

Peering under the lamps and chairs,

Or going from room to room that way

Like someone stupid with sleep or drugs.

Everywhere I was, was wrong.

I started turning the drawers out, then

I was staring in at the icebox door

Wondering if I’d been there long

Wondering what I was looking for.

Later on, I think I went back again.

Where did the rest of the time go?

Was I down cellar? I can’t recall

Finding the light switch, or the last

Place I’ve had it, or how I’d know

I didn’t look at it and go past.

Or whether it’s what I want, at all.


From Selected Poems, 1957-1987 (New York: Soho Press, 1987). Copyright © 1987 by W.D. Snodgrass. Reprinted with the permission of the estate of W. D. Snodgrass.