With apologies to Langston Hughes

I have known zones broad
and narrow.

I have visited the erogenous zones
with all its ensnaring temptations,

and the temperate zone with its bland
but dependable weather.

I have been in the Rocky Mountain Time Zone,
where I felt do much younger than
in the Eastern.

I have known the analog roaming zone
where connections persistently

I have sunk deeply into the warm
lap of the torpor zone, and

I have visited the that nether zone
known simply as the “zoned out”

Oh, I have known zones broad
and narrow.

August 2002

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