Pantoum

Meghan Kemp-Gee

The world unfolds itself at night.
It’s getting late, but I don’t mind.
This is a game I like to play.
I play these games to stay awake.

It’s getting late, but I don’t mind
explaining all the rules to you.
I play these games to stay awake,
and make the rules up as I go.

Explaining all the rules—to you,
that’s a game, too. You say I cheat
and make the rules up as I go.
I say we’ll do away with rules.

That’s a game too, you say. I cheat
at almost everything these days,
I say. We’ll do away with rules.
You let them in, they’ll eat away

at almost everything. These days
we keep them all at bay. At night
you let them in. They’ll eat away
what we don’t know we love. And yet

we keep them all at bay at night.
We fight but sometimes we forget
what we don’t know we love. And yet
I still like it. I like the way

we fight, but sometimes we forget
this is a game. I like to play.
I still like it. I like the way
the world unfolds itself at night.