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Utnapishtim on Friday After Dessert, by Danny Adams

Utnapishtim on Friday After Dessert, by Danny Adams

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This poem originally appeared in the magazine Mythic Delirium in 2005. It's posted here for readers to freely read and distribute--preserving the author information, copyright notice, and full story--under the Attribution-Noncommercial -Share Alike 3.0 United States
This poem originally appeared in the magazine Mythic Delirium in 2005. It's posted here for readers to freely read and distribute--preserving the author information, copyright notice, and full story--under the Attribution-Noncommercial -Share Alike 3.0 United States

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Published by: Danny Adams on Jun 29, 2010
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Utnapishtim on Friday After DessertBy Danny Adams
Copyright 2005 Danny AdamsOriginally appeared in
Mythic Delirium
,Reprinted in the 2006 Rhysling AnthologyMemory flees with the rising sun,First sight of the ocean, breakfast-- Nighttime carries too many voices,Stars clamoring for attentionUtnapishtim the Wise thinks onlyof the sweet bread just eatenSettling by his window watching birdsOpen spiritual paths through sunsetHe knows, as he knows once dailythis old man has outlivedthe Gods' greater purpose, spendsEternity rearranging shoes (by color)Mount Nisirville Eldercare Facility's oldest resident, 7 o'clock:Raining, so nurses keep a close watchBecause when the lake floods hewanders into the backyard cedarsuntil burly aides pull him from the water hiding crying, muttering a thousand names(Ea used to come once a monthBringing chocolate and imitating Ishtar's wailingwhy has it been so long since he--oh yes,Babylon is a guarded baseso even a god might have troublegetting past the American checkpoints)The Annunaki are silent, the Road of the Sun blocked,Utnapishtim of Shurrupak, Clever Prince, blessed with Forever no longer remembers the way to his own bathroomlikes Nurse Lindsay who never forgets his medsRemembers everyone on Earth is his grandchild,Weeps when he can't remember their names

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