It occurred to me
that I am quite ordinary,

but then, in the next moment,
that being aware of being ordinary

must be extraordinary
and that I might have

some useful part to play,
but then it also occurred to me

that it was man’s common need
to believe he is more than average

that had led me to conjure meaning
or specialness from the certainty

of my normality and that this proved the point
and in doing so dismissed it.

After that and tired
I went up to bed.


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