I think that somewhere, perhaps,
against all odds, as astronomical
as a metallic man in Vegas
giving me pocket change,
my double, a ghost
in a three-piece suit,
follows me as fastidiously as a butler.
I glimpse him from the corner of my eye,
and he is briefly there,
picking up paper I dropped
or making excuses for a clumsy run-in
I had with a pedestrian.
In short, he is picking up my mess,
the inevitable dregs fallen from my life
like scales fallen from the skin of Adam.
if I turn my head sharply,
looking long and hard,
he disappears. But that is the way it is, I suppose,
when one tries to glimpse
the minions of God.