i am a man of diminishing returns
i have forgotten more than i ever learned
neglected people i never knew
and squandered memories i never made

i sing songs out of tune
using words that refuse to fit
and write poems that would be draped in purple
should they hang in my window

i no longer know fear
i have forgotten how

i am a man of diminishing returns
if i knew you and was derelict
forgive me
my eyes knew you

and they said hello

my left eye tolbert