Provisionalby Catherine Bowman	When he procured her, she purveyedhim. When he rationed her out, she made him provisional. On beingprovisional, he made her his trough.On being a trough, she made him her silo. At once a silo, he made her his cut. On being a cut,she made him her utensil. On beinga utensil, he turned her downhill. So beingdownhill, she made him her skis. When she was his stethoscope,he was her steady beat. From beatshe was dog, from dog he was fetch,from fetch she was jab, from jabhe was fake. When he was her complexequation, she was his simple math. So she turned him into strong evidence,accessory after the fact. So he turned her eyes private, made her his manon the lam. So he became her psalm, so she became his scrubby tract. When hebecame an aesthete, she became hisclaw-foot bath. So she made him a rudimentaryfault line; so he made her a volcanic rim.So she made him her unruly quorum;so he made her his party whip.That’s when they both becamemirror, and then both became lips.From lips she was trumpet, from trumpethe was mute. Then he made her his marginof error. Then she made him stet.

Provisional
by Catherine Bowman

When he procured her, she purveyed
him. When he rationed her out, 
she made him provisional. On being

provisional, he made her his trough.
On being a trough, she made him her silo. 
At once a silo, he made her his cut. On being a cut,

she made him her utensil. On being
a utensil, he turned her downhill. So being
downhill, she made him her skis. 

When she was his stethoscope,
he was her steady beat. From beat
she was dog, from dog he was fetch,

from fetch she was jab, from jab
he was fake. When he was her complex
equation, she was his simple math. 

So she turned him into strong evidence,
accessory after the fact. So he turned 
her eyes private, made her his man

on the lam. So he became her psalm, 
so she became his scrubby tract. When he
became an aesthete, she became his

claw-foot bath. So she made him a rudimentary
fault line; so he made her a volcanic rim.
So she made him her unruly quorum;

so he made her his party whip.
That’s when they both became
mirror, and then both became lips.

From lips she was trumpet, from trumpet
he was mute. Then he made her his margin
of error. Then she made him stet.