As I said last night to my surprise
I love myself in all my elements.
I know that the atomic weight
of iridium is seventy-seven.
I have read “Satan Says”
and “The Dead and the Living.”
I did get squeamish on the trimaran,
but I got back to shore.
I am Missouri wet-mesic prairie,
dry cordgrass and alluvium.
This will not be the last time
I fold the paper in three parts,
emboss my return address on the envelope,
thumb push the stamp to the upper right
hand corner, lick the gummy seal
and close it; I'm in here alive
and I will let you know it.Sally Van Doren