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Framing

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September 21, 2020 at 6:00 am

Until

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September 12, 2020 at 7:47 am

Because

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September 2, 2020 at 6:00 am

Proximity

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I remember when we used to hug
and shake hands
even though I can’t remember
the last time I did either

despite the best hopes
for some version of successfully eating out
it is getting harder
to visualize how restauranting
will ever again work for all participants
in some new form of normal

all from that invisible virus
that kills more people
than morgues have space for
while unknown numbers
present no symptoms at all

and we can’t tell who has it
from who already may have had it
from who will get it next
and masks scare some folks
while angering way too many others

and the earth doesn’t seem to notice
people are pandemic-ing to and fro
as it unleashes new hurricanes
fires, and tornado
and fire-tornados
as if everything was still normal

I remember when we didn’t worry
about shaking hands and giving hugs
but I really struggle trying to remember
what it was like
to be unconcerned about proximity
to everyone else

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August 18, 2020 at 6:00 am

Indulgence

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August 11, 2020 at 6:00 am

Rainbows

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August 2, 2020 at 9:56 am

Goodnight

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July 21, 2020 at 6:00 am

Smile

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July 6, 2020 at 6:00 am

Barreling

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 one thing
after another
and another again
each challenge making things harder
than they already were before
robbing sleep in the wee small hours
returning it without warning
at the least of appropriate times
holding the wheel of an automobile
barreling down the two-lane
not quite close enough to home
asking the universe
 for a sign
indicating the worst
is NOT what’s yet to come

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Written by johnwhays

June 23, 2020 at 6:00 am

Emotions

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in a glimpse
between love and anguish
hot tears
of mixed emotions
witness to it all
lifetimes of repetition
a war to end all wars
which failed to end any
facile progress
careening haphazardly
in multiple wrong directions
following our own tracks
right back to where we started
laughing in the face of terror
refusing to be fooled
when endings start to begin
right in the middle of everything
carefully failing to notice
the veil
behind which
we always hide

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Written by johnwhays

June 2, 2020 at 6:00 am