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Rule of Thumb

Lazy Saturday of a holiday weekend
the paper flicked, not read
attention prefers the ranch slider framed ocean.
A photograph and tribute to a recently deceased
a beloved small-town doctor.

Memory backflips 30 plus years
age and location joining the dots
genetics makes certain – phenotype petite and dark.
It is. It is her mother
the mother who sent money
money – so her pretty daughter wouldn’t hitchhike.

Cheerful assurances
thank maternal concern
praise generosity
and promise compliance.

Girl Guide’s honour
summer camping
partying and alcohol – lots
at beach resort hormone hot spots
and back to the deep South
by thumb.

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Most of my life has been spent on the bench, occasionally called into the game by extravagance or attenuation. Waiting has turned a loner into a recorder - nondescript and inconsequential, more not noticed than overlooked - the non-vantage point of children not yet considered old enough to understand. Orphaned Islands (Un)poetry is a lifetime of picking anecdotes up and not throwing them away. Stories collected like odds and ends placed in a box in the basement, the garage, the garden shed - uncertain as to what their use might be but knowing that one day there might be one.

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