MJ blathers

dark poet who loves to laugh


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vindication

for once, youth puzzling
over a grandmother’s phone
as unable to fix her problem
as she had been herself
she sighs with pleasure

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kids, kids, kids

my children love
they give
they forgive me
looking askance

they give
rolling their eyes
looking askance
smiling, laughing

rolling their eyes
they forgive me
smiling, laughing
my children love


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forgiven

the surer i am that i am right
the more likely i am
to be making an ass
of myself

i know that
have proven it to myself
how many times
yet need again to call to apologize

implacable, growing hot between my long ears
should signal me that i’m at it again
but doesn’t always
and yet

how often and often
in the coolness of later
family and friends will smile-tolerantly
and tell me i speak a fine bray