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Life Arts    H4'ed 11/16/21

Nemesis -- All-American style

Message Gary Lindorff
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I'm bamboozled, flummoxed,
Baffled, bruised
Battlestitched, deboned . . .

(Oh and bandilegged
But that doesn't count
Because I was born that way.)

I don't know how else to put this . . .
But just to say, I'm smoked,
Broke down, dispirited, choked up . . .

I don't see the point
But I feel it, a wee pressure on my back
A tickling moving up my shoulder

Innocent enough until I find
That it's a tick
Looking for a place to stick.

Look, I'm just going with the flomax.
But sometimes I suffer from the vague feeling
That I shouldn't have sent that fax.

Or that the food that I've been spoonfed
For the last 40 years
Was really wax.

I don't know what real tastes like anymore.
I feel like a printer run out of ink
I can scan and resize, format and scale

Spit out cards, poetry or manifestos,
But I just need to be plugged in
And I need ink or I'm just junk.

I'm lying on the yoga mat looking up
But I'm not seeing the ceiling
I'm seeing this big smiley face saying "Uncle?"

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Gary Lindorff is a poet, writer, blogger and author of five nonfiction books, three collections of poetry, "Children to the Mountain", "The Last recurrent Dream" (Two Plum Press), "Conversations with Poetry (coauthored with Tom Cowan), and (more...)

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