It Is Worth Noting

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I read this story, Bullet In The Brain by Tobias Wolff, during my creative writing class this past spring. This is a poem I made out of words and phrases that were in that short story.

Submitted: July 11, 2018

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Submitted: July 11, 2018



It is Worth Noting

After Tobias Wolff’s Bullet in the Brain


It is worth noting what he

Did not remember,

Given what he did.

He did not remember

When everything began to

Remind him

Of something else

Nor seeing a woman

Leap to her death from the building

He did not remember shouting

Or waking himself up with laughter

The bullet is already in the brain;

An oppression, like the heat

It will do its work and leave

Dragging its comet’s tail of memory

And hope

And talent

And love

That can’t be helped.

For now he will still make time

For those final two words,

Their pure unexpectedness

And their music

Repeating them to himself

They is.

They is.

They is.


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