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I’m Starting to Repeat Myself

by Richard Haxton

I’m starting to repeat myself
Say things I said before
Mention items already mentioned
Identical words as days of yore

Track the same verbal territory
Walk the same semantic ground
Trot out the same tired adages
Find the same words that I found

Reiterate reiterations
Use phrases already used
Then I’ll use recurring phrases
To echo what I’ve reproduced

I rehash it over and over
Reach conclusions already reached
Ditto the last phraseology
I’m even repetitive in my speech

But when I quote my own quotations
I don’t worry that I’ve slipped
It leads back to the beginning
Like a verbal Möbius strip

I’m Starting to Repeat Myself
Yeah, yeah