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Either way, I’m on the wrong side of the glass.
Looking out at the frenzy of sparrows at the feeder
feathered slaves to instinct
Coffee cup warming my hands
the mammal in me stirs
A brief moment of limbic contentment
before the neocortex overthinks the day

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Newspaper ink dyes my fingers
Good news and bad stain alike
Black and pungent insistence
Truth at my fingertips

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Legions crowd the shore
With legions more
Frothed and gasping in the rapidsScrambling up the far bank
Stretching to the horizon

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Gravity’s child leaps
skin rippling in freefall’s roar
plummeting to new heights of bliss

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Karma’s net as it tightens
Invites the blind to see
Each situation quite perfect
In its implacable right to be

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Keep silence so true peace can come and stay
Shed the deep sediments of noise
Like peeling off stifling clothes on a warm day

First no talking, as if removing a coat that’s bulky
Utterly doing without utterance
Extending the glottal stop towards infinity

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Seven times down
Grateful I only have two ankles, knees and hips
And one stubborn back
Each in turn decries and vies
Body awareness from missteps
The rising is in the falling

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In the end, it’s not the end
Of the causes and conditions that brought us here
Of the dizzying fizz of wisdom and folly
Our hearts pump like mollusks
By ancient bivalve habits we’re compelled
Sifting barren clouds of mud
Opening and closing to ourselves
And to each other

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Drive-through reminder
“Billion served” in neon blazed
Super-sized resolve!

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Softening the blow with murmured regret
The dentist intones what my tongue already knows
“That tooth needs a crown, and soon.”
Blast! There goes the new refrigerator!
Carried off by waves of why this and why me and why now
The tooth’s simple pain recedes, nearly forgotten
Buried under fast-laid sediments of self-pity and indignation

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