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by C.E. Chaffin

Forget the overdue book,
the music clubs whose disks you never returned,
the extra cellphone charges
for missing the free minute zone,
the soft nagging of dereliction.
Were you ever any different?
Capitalism depends on forgetfulness.
Who can keep up? A friend told me,
"You must get a credit card
that earns free air miles." As if!

There are people who worry
about the insurance on their jewelry,
pick up dry cleaning on time
and organize their shoe racks.
Do you really have the energy?
To manage every detail
you must attend to every wrinkle.
You may miss the pearly trout
beneath the willow bank,
the luna moth drying
green wings with purple piping
on the white clapboard.


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