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What I Saw One Day


An old man with Alzheimer’s

bit by a rattler in his front yard


Freckled kid swinging on an old tire

Rope gives way and he falls

breaks his leg


I watch both events from my kitchen window


I go to the Arches

and stand under a rock arch

worth millions of tons of rock

and think: Is this the day

this arch gives way?

It never has

but on one day

I saw an old man snake-bit

and a swing give way, kid break his leg


And I saw bees burn with false sweetness

and I saw my fat, slovenly sister stand in front of the cemetery

and eat a gallon of Rocky Road ice cream

out of the container

all by herself




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