Humphrey Bogart

by Samuel Derrick Rosen

I wish to transform
into a self-
machine elf,

to circumnavigate
all dying species,
every single doubt
that has ever been dispelled,
every false misfortune
that never has been gained,

carnival wheel adversaries,
the schemes of carousels,
the neverending banishment
to non-existent hemispheres,
all alluvial dimunition,

either that
or be an extra
in a Humphrey Bogart film!