Manga Popart Butterfly

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Clowns Don't Just Show Up

Dear X_____:

After our first hour
of conversation---

(You tossing the hook, line & sinker
over & over...coming up baitless/fishless)---

I felt your pain,
then heard your pain in
the soft, barely perceptible 'tink'
of the full, then empty wine glass as you
periodically & regularly
sipped and tipped---
then set it on the table.

The faint, quiet whoosh of cigarette smoke
blown into the phone
surprised me as you
critiqued others
for smoking and drinking.

My, my, my.
But who am I to judge, right?

And yet you want to
help me arrange my life---

Strange...and sad.
I'm sorry for your pain,
but I'm tangled up
in my own right now...
We never actually got around
to me in that long
fishing expedition.

Dear World:

Clowns don't just show up...
Someone calls them
to come & make you laugh
or cry.

Girl, you've never once
phoned me before...

Why now?

9/2016



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