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keys

Keys

 

Have you
ever noticed
how keys
remain in
desk drawers
plastic cups
& the pockets
of old
winter coats
long after
the doors
they open
are gone?

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privy to the secret

Privy to the Secret

 

Sensing that I’m
overloading
people with
Shards I’ve
broken my
list down
into groups
of three
names each
& put
them on a
rotating basis.

 

Only the
three of you
reading this
know that
this
has happened.

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passing muster

John Bennett at Small Press Review print shop, circa late 70s

Passing Muster

 

Somewhere in
early childhood
a deep understanding
rose up in me
which made it
impossible to
pass the
first grade.

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message in a bottle

Message in a Bottle

 

Consider yourself
chosen,
that’s why
you found
the note
in the
bottle.

 

Smash the
bottle
against a
rock but
don’t read
the note —
it wasn’t
meant to
be read

 

It was
put there
just to
get your
attention.

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ownership

Ownership

 

People who
own more
than they
can use
own something
that’s
not theirs.

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lost earring

Lost Earring

 

Long-ago
lovers who
are now
grandmothers or
dying of
cancer keep
drifting back
into my
life, looking
for that
lost earring.

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