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family of tics

by Philip F De Pinto




before he croaks
and joins the holy smokes
to become a spoke on eternity's wheel
arrived a telegram
which read:
stop stop you dog and heel!
but the telegram failed to sway
that dog named Oblivion to heel
being too wound up at the time

no one is supposed to shoot the bird
not with a father hand gravely ill and on its last tic
soon to leave one mother hand beside herself alone at the wheel
stop stop! said the telegram to the dog then heel!
stop stop and yet no one is supposed to be sending telegrams
for dogs named oblivion to heel and no one is supposed to be shooting the bird
not while father hand is gravely ill and on its last tic
soon to leave twelve son spokes beside themselves and alone
to feel the void of a mother hand beside herself alone at the wheel
to decide which of the son spokes were her husband's favorite
and thus deserving of most of the time handed down to them
of whatever time the father hand was saving on the side

stop stop! then heel


01/22/2013

Posted on 01/22/2013
Copyright © 2022 Philip F De Pinto

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