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Turnabout: a #NaPoWriMo2020 / #GloPoWriMo2020 #tankaprose

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“One can live without having survived.” Carolyn Forche

A fruit basket, delivered to a hotel room–covered in lighter fluid. A patronizing condescension during a class introduction: “one of our special people.” The abject fear with which the six-foot-something boy in a man’s body commanded.

If only he had understood the old Portugese saying:

“Beware the dog that doesn’t bark”

a routine stop

an identity confirmed

by his victim

how many tickets, officer,

can you give your old bully?

4 replies »

  1. the six-foot-something boy in a man’s body
    The entire poem is powerful…..but these words to me are the most powerful and thought provoking and I wonder, how often this is true for a young man in his growth spurt, still a boy but in a man’s body.

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