A Poem For Saturday


"Houseguests" by Anne Porter:

"All of us are coming"
No they are not coming
They may be coming
They may not be coming.

Four of them are coming,
That is, if they are coming!
Five will come on Friday
Three will leave on Sunday
Two will come back Tuesday,
That is, if they are coming.

If they were coming
Two of them would be coming
But they are not coming . . .

Six of them are coming!

(Reprinted from Living Things by Anne Porter, published by Zoland Books, an imprint of Steerforth Press, 2006. Photo by Flickr user Gruenemann)