I want or I wanted

is now or before.

But if I say,

I wanted to ask you…

is that yesterday or today?

Yesterday if the want has ended,

but today if the listener

must not be on the spot.

Curious this sinewy

diversion from what

we were taught.

If a want can be a wanted

can a think be a thought?



MARIANNE BREMS is a long time writer of textbooks in her teaching area of English as a Second Language, but also loves to write whimsical poems. Her poems have appeared in Door Is A Jar, Mused, Soft Cartel, The Pangolin Review, and Right Hand Pointing. She lives in Northern California.