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Pattern Recognition

03.28.19 Posted in today's words by

Ed Zahniser’s most recent poem to appear here was “My Early Struggles with Kryptonite” (February 2019).

Pattern Recognition
By Ed Zahniser

In physical therapy after a total knee replacement
I try to explain the important role of pattern recognition
to the young Doctor of PT and his assistant Carol
a pleasant young woman with a second job as barista-
in-training at our new post-Starbucks postmodernist
each-cup-brewed-fresh coffee shop but all I have recourse to
is an incident on Alaska’s Noatak River with an Alaska Native
guide and boat captain in which I saw onshore at a great
distance a lone caribou barely discernible against the muted terrain.
The guide peered intently and at length said “That is a caribou.
I should take you hunting with me!” but somehow
the Doctor of PT and Carol think I am telling
a joke and after an awkward pause the Doctor asks:
“What’s the punch line, Ed?”

One Response to “Pattern Recognition”

  1. H. Larew says:

    Coming from the slant and side! Ah, that lone, distant caribou.

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