Just Once

A friend asked me
For a poem to rant
On the inadequacy
Of things that go on
During the day.

I could not write it.

He wanted me to rant
On the way things are run
Where alphabetizing
Has become A-B-C order
Out of fear that big words are antiquated.

I could not write that.

He suggested I develop a thesis
On blindspots and failed beginnings
Where the brightness of reform
Dims the view of common sense
In favor of the latest hot trend.

Sorry, man, I couldn’t write about that stuff.

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