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Posts Tagged ‘hope and fear’

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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Better if the sign said “Ego Alert!”
Reminding this off-duty cop to patrol inner roads
Radar set to detect malice in my own heart

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