“The Meta-Metamorphosis” by Clint Margrave

Clint Margrave


As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning
from uneasy dreams, he found himself 
cancelled by a Twitter mob. 
“What happened?” he thought,
before the movers came 
and took away his bed.

After that, they took his desk,
the clothes in his closet,
all the books
on his shelf.
Of course, he was used to people
making up stories about him. 
The last time it happened, 
he’d lost his job,
his parents,
even his beloved sister Grete.
Maybe they’re right? he thought.
Maybe I am a monster.
Gregor’s room was spotless now,
even his filth wiped clean,
just a single nail in the wall 
where that old picture
of the pinup girl used to hang.
He handed the landlord his keys,
then stepped outside.
A tow truck was lifting 
his car onto a flatbed.
A small crowd of protesters 
had amassed on the curb
demanding he apologize.

“I’m sorry,” he said,
though he didn’t know what for,
which only made them angrier.

Tired from his restless sleep,
he decided to walk to a nearby Starbucks 
and buy a coffee, 
only to find his debit card declined. 

“Sorrynotsorry,” said the young barista,
who immediately 
hashtagged this with a photo
of him on Twitter.
Gregor sighed
as the two police officers  
escorted him out. 
He glanced at the sky one last time
before they shoved him 
in the back of a van.
The day was overcast.
The sun cancelled by clouds.

from Rattle #67, Spring 2020
Students of Kim Addonizio


Clint Margrave: “I took Kim’s online course in the fall of 2016. She helped me refine my poems for clarity, word choice, economy. I kept copies of her notes and only recently went back and looked at them for a particular poem I was still struggling with. After countless attempts to resolve its problems, I realized the answer had already been in the advice she gave me three years earlier, and I’d just been ignoring it.” (web)

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