social misfortune

January 6, 2013 § Leave a comment

the seat of reason was pulled
out from under me

spontaneity, a joker with
a spark in the eye
and the laugh of
a poker buddy
pulling the fourth ace
on the river

as usual, I was all in
left to balm
the burn,
file a note
in a folder
labeled
“things not to do again under
any circumstance whatsoever
as long as you insist on breathing”,
and to spend
the socially acceptable
amount of time
in exile

before slinking back
to tally the snickers
and sideways glances

the only real way
one has
to measure the
severity
of such an offense

(c) Fred Whitehead

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