playing Simon Says. Remember how?
says remember how, so it's okay.)
not enough to do what Simon says,
what he says he says that you obey.
rules are Simon's. All right, let's begin.
says, Don't read this sentence or you're out.
did? That's it, game's over, Simon wins,
much you plead, protest, or pout.
by the iron chain of such curved sense,
himself must discontinue play.
no appeal to gray omnipotence.
Simon says he says he can't unsay.
Walking Backward, Story Line Press, © 1999.
b y permission of the author and
Press, Ashland, Oregon.