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CUT UP WAITING
by Mercedes Webb-Pullman

wait
wonder
someone real
cover symbols
and wait

eric wins straight up
and I wait
for anxiety to drop

for the war to
make safe anarchy
with governments
perpetually

wait for
Arizona

wait
for wrath, wait
to see God
piped onto altars
find the right tune

wait
for supper, strange
and perpetual
rebirth

wait for my number
to take over
to be blessed
and inherit without taxes

wait for the earth to kill
for lines to fall
love to lie secret
to be an obscure general

and I wait
for storms to sail
for a flower
each story sold
and I wait
for the Continent
in new wonder

I wait for
waiting for America
Tom Sawyer and I wait
in Wonderland innocence
to come to the tower
wait for rodite
to grow at a conference
of wonder

I wait to get
immortal childhood
to come again
again
for art to write a poem
for rapture perpetually
fleeing love
to catch at last embrace
and I wait
perpetual and forever
a wonder

SOURCE: “Cut Up Waiting” is a found poem based on Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s “I Am Waiting.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: After gaining her Diploma in Creative Writing from Whitireia Community College in 2009, Mercedes Webb-Pullman graduated from IIML Victoria University Wellington with MA in Creative Writing in 2011. Her poems and the odd short story have appeared online, in print and in her books Food 4 Thought, Numeralla Dreaming, After the Danse, Ono, Looking for Kerouac, Tasseography, and Bravo Charlie Foxtrot. She lives on the Kapiti Coast, New Zealand, with her galah Matilda. Vist her at www.benchpress.co.nz.

IMAGE: “Door to the Sea” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1997). Lawrence Ferlinghetti is represented by George Krevsky Fine Art.