“I would prefer not to.”
—Bartleby, “Bartleby, the Scrivener”
Not everyone’s epiphanies come in concussions,
although that shit’s fun to read about. Take
Newton’s delirium: Mass times acceleration.
Just wait for the day. It’ll hit you
like a falling apple.
The windows theory has been broken for a long time;
It’s married to stockbrokers,
inertia yields graffiti upon graffiti
walls, all you can see
from this office building,
and gives birth to legitimate crimes.
Securities is a fresh and ever-refreshing market. That’s why
Ivy-League econ-grads work Wall Street; business is best
kept private in their domain.
Let the monogrammed ticker tape speak for itself:
when numbers are down, you go home
and, like a suicidal Soprano,
play Hangman with the newsreels.
Addie Eliades received the University of Virginia's 2017 Rachel St. Paul Poetry Prize for Best Group of Poems by a UVA Undergraduate. She will complete a Fulbright grant in Brazil teaching English and leading a creative writing workshop. A list of her work is on her website: missbittersweetwallflowerpageant.wordpress.com.