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This poem is taken from PN Review 115, Volume 23 Number 5, May - June 1997.

Two Poems Carole Satyamurti


It's Not the Same
Si bis faciunt idem non est idem

If I say 'I love you', it is not the same
as if you say it.

A pair of Tories cast non-identical twin votes.
Two ten year-olds don't murder the same toddler.

Two athletes do not fail the same drug test.
We each die of a unique disease.

My parents did not live in the same marriage,
swallowed different silent Sunday roasts.

When we share a Granny Smith, you see red,
though we may never know this.

And since last week's cool is this week's boring;
because words are mercury, not bricks;

because a flip remark can change the world;
and the mind is always fidgeting with its own furniture,

you never step into the same jeans twice,
nor out of the same bed, nor into the same poem;

you never play the same favourite track twice,
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