This Idea of Self

there’s this idea
that keeps trying
to own itself
inside this

give itself a name
start buying groceries
get a Palm Pilot
or someone else
to drive it around
bouncing off
the furniture
projecting a series
of fashioned selves
smile for the camera
and in all ways possible
sidestep the simple

shhhh! quiet
it’s asleep

time to slip out
the back door