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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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