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After the accident
(what’s a bent fender!)
people crowd around to see
a bit of shambles on display.
But if you trip in church
and spill the collection plate
what a carnival it makes as you
sweat through confetti grins.
Or if you fail to mow your lawn
or forget to shovel your walk,
the neglect makes you No. 1
man in the neighborhood.
But the pay-off is when
you’re all thumbs on the
keyboard of your bed and the
discord makes her shiver
her way from the place where
once you had a rapt audience.

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After the accident
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Voyages to the Inland Sea, II: Essays and Poems by Felix Pollak, James Hearst, John Woods. 1972. 50.
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