afternoon poem, june 8, 2016

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Flat on the flat desktop
White sheets, bearing print
Turned this way and that
Yellow pads with pen scribbles
Cursive cursing
Doodling
A thick manual
Manila folders, stuffed and empty
Some are artifacts
Of one war or another
Records of conversations
That, of course, missed their marks
.
Some bear yellow tags
With one direct command:
“File,” or “Review This,”
Lists on fragments, checked off
Some of them
All reminders of what we would
Just as soon forget.

Copyright 2016

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