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sniper eye of the kestrel
unknown

forced to play host
 1
to my wife's friend
 2
and her daughter
 3
in my backyard
 4
while my wife
 5
gets dinner ready for them.
 6
 
 
as her daughter
 7
trudges through grass
 8
up to her knees
 9
(still unmowed from last year)
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trying to catch my dog's tail
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she asks
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if i've ever heard of a book
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called 'a new earth'
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says she saw it on oprah
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it's about the world
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needing to evolve philosophically
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in the face of
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global crisis.
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little too heavy for me
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but i think you'd like it,
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she says.
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friends of my wife
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who've come across my poetry
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think i'm dirty
 25
and sick
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and do me the favor
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of no longer speaking to me.
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ones like this who only know me
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from the fifteen and twenty minute intervals
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i'm forced to suffer their presence
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mistakenly peg me
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for some practitioner of
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metaphysical mumbo-jumbo
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probably due to the
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prolix obfuscations
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i utter in their presence
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to pass time
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and amuse myself.
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i'm about to explain i'm
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closer to a junior college physicist
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than a mystic
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but i'm saved
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as her daughter gets
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cozmo's tail
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he spins around
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accidentally knocking her over.
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we jog out there
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and as she bends down
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to pick her daughter up
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it's lightning through my body
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as her shape unfolds
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sniper eye of the kestrel
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right down
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past the cusp
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of her nipples.
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2 May 08

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Nice, Justin, you had me laughing all the way through.
wife's friends are going love it !
I remember quite a while ago, You wrote about a friend who lost some fingers to a snapping turtle, Could you send it my way, it was one of the first poems i read here that i liked.
book is doing good, Few pages have fallen out but i found some silver tape.
Have a good weekend.
 — sir_I_clan

this is great, love the story :)
also, his voice.
 — nisetru

You tell male truths that women have long suspected but you tell them in a way that makes sense, you dogg...haha!  Another tale told well.  
 — Isabelle5

you tell them honestly enough that it's endearing...*sigh* women will fall for anything!

well done again!
 — sherains

nice work, dude.
: )
 — fractalcore

good job. i like the pace, and the tautness of the ending. i knew though.
 — crimsonkiss

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