Fredisms

the Vessel.

it holds a life time
of slowly fading
bits of pieces,

the vessel
named
Fred.

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the Vessel.

it holds a lifetime
of slowly fading
bits of pieces,

the vessel
named
Fred.

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January 15, 2021

Change

Change

I change the world
by changing my self,
quickly or slowly

one breath
at a time.

Try it
now.

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January 12, 2021

hey You,

hey You,

ain’t life
just full
of life ?

💞

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January 9, 2021

Giving thanks.

Giving thanks.

I wish you all
the joy this day
can really bring,

when I am thankful
that each breath is life
connecting me with love.

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November 26, 2020

The Elephant

The elephant

No one is talking about
the elephant in the room.

The very near possibility
of a POC female President
sleeping in the U.S. White House

Geez, there I am future tripping again.

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POC: Person of Color

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November 1, 2020

Inner voices

Inner voices

the BIG voice says,
‘We are all in the same boat’.

the LITTLE voice says,
‘There’s my boat and your boat,
and my boat is better’.

‘I have a foot in each boat,
making it difficult to find balance.’

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October 30, 2020

just a thought.

Just a thought.

If early Africans had entered
through Ellis Island

todays African Americans
might be bi-lingual,

like some other Americans.

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October 27, 2019

Back yard buns

Back yard buns

I love your backyard buns,
sun warmed and ready to savor.


Back yard buns.

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10/25/20

You wanna be love-d?

You wanna be love-d?
2 steps.

1st)
No if when but.

2nd)
Love.

Simply love.

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February, 2015

There I was,

There I was,
confidently losing weight.

Today, the scale revealed
a 10 pounds gain.

That mind is a world-class character,
to befriend.

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September 20, 2020

Visual vanity

Visual vanity

that this COVID death
will display a mouth full
of life-like crowns,

not gaps
having waited in line
for a best impression.

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9/29/20

Belief.

Belief.

this heart
squeezed lemon-dry

by my thought
that the cause
is you.

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9/29/20

You want it?

You want it?

You got it
You got it?

Share it
You need it?

Receive it
Love

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9/17/19

It is said . . .

Tribe versus Conscious

It is said
women(white)
decided the 2016
Presidential election.

Some say,
“I will votemy conscious”
but instead
vote tribe.

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Published 9/23/20

Love Now

During the Covid,
let’s not add
to hysteria.

Sit,
Walk,
Stand,
Breathe.

Constant
Change is
Love Now.

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9/18/20

I hear

I hear
“Never forget 9/11”.

1619 was erased
as thoroughly
as possible.

Why forget one,
and not the other?

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9/13/20

Her tears.

Feels like earth
is crying fire

after having
exhausted
her tears.

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Published 9/12/20

Now AM I

and the Gospel says
forget the laws
live life now

all i am
is love
here

now
am
I

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a Crumbling house

a Crumbling house is scary.

What if you look around
and all you see is
crumbling,
period.

What
now?

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the Presents of Now

the Presents of Now

The question is . . .
what’s on your FB mind?
Here comes that question again.

What’s on your mind?

Have you thought about
how the apostrophe smoothes
the passage for a continuous flow?

That was on my mind then, and now
what next? a real Silly question,
’cause next is like tomorrow.

Neither are here Now
in this Present.

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the Gardener,

the Gardener,

reaps joy from her
attention to and
choice of seed.

She reaps
what she sows.

She hears,
‘amend your choices
to mend the garden’.

Amen.

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1Christi Meshell

family!

family!

I have one
I can spell it
I’ve seen many
I know the meaning,

but I do not know
what it feels like
to love a family.

Do you?

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“Help! . . . “

“Help!
I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”

When I relive an affirmation
many thousands of times,

will it become a seed
that fuels my life?

Just a thought.

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Love a . . .

Love
a

woman
infant
child
baby
man
boy
girl

love love
is enough.

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Eat cha heart out.

Eat cha heart out.

If you are around
to tell the tale,

you know heart
is not the center

of a living life.
I have to ask,

then what is?

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Be careful

Be careful

I told my self
washing dishes
at the kitchen sink

while crying
a faucet of tears
for no apparent reason.

Be careful.

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100% Purity

FEAR of loss is the motivation
for believing in the fantasy
world of a fantasy leader.

A drop of chocolate in a glass
of pure, 100 percent, wholesome,
unadulterated milk, will forever alter
the pedigree, that in itself is imagined.

Here we have insanity,
based in forgetfulness.

Let’s remember, we evolved
from drops of dark chocolate
on the land mass named Africa.

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our Chief Commander

Our Chief Commander talks non-sense.
His talks are all about them and us.
I said our, but we are his them.

His us only includes them,
that want N. America
to be great again.

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Between In and Out.

Between
Checking in
and
Checking out

the substance
in the sandwich
is most important.

You happy
with yours?

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a New Start.



a New Start.

Octopus arms
regenerate.

Lob off an arm,
it will grow back.

Lob off a head,
you get to start over.

What is all this talk
about defunding the police?

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now.

Where do birds
go?

No where
to go.

Here
today

tomorrow
yesterday

now.

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PLEASE help.

I know you.

You that guy
with the sign.

PLEASE help.

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Next stop?

Every body jumpin’ on
the Soul Train
these days

takin’ knees
changin’ street signs
huggin’ and raisin’ fists.

I wanna’ see
what happens

when George leaves
the station.

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Do it

Do it
Feel it

Cool air in
Warm air out

Slowly
Breath

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r p r t

r p r t

I don’t know poem,
from happy home.

I tap what shows up
and every body feels

in the right place
at the right time.

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the Cloak

Red White Black
Yellow Brown,

our hearts beat
the same.

Beneath the cloak
of color

is where coming
together resides.

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Inside out.

Inside out.

Beneath our armor,
lifetimes of armor,

beats a heart
of love.

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Talk talk talk

Talk talk talk
more
talk talk talk.

If no conscious action is taken
to accept, apologize and address
the commerce of institutional slavery

we can expect
more
talk talk talk.

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You believe that?

You believe that?

“We’re all in this together.”
That’s what they say

when we return
from their wars

missing minds and limbs
since early slavery days

being shunned
for being dark.

Yeah,
we’re all in this,
but not together.

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Capitalists Unite

Capitalists Unite

The heart of God
is a heart of gold,
some have said.

I say,
“if God’s heart is gold,
let’s pluck it out”.

Profit before Perfect.

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To save lives?

Why did we drop an atomic bomb
“TO SAVE LIVES”.

twice?
“TO CONFIRM CONSISTENT RESULTS”.

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Who breaks the law?

Who breaks the law?
illegals

Who makes the law?

Legals came here,
killed the native buffalo food,
chained a people’s body and mind,
dropped atomic bombs on 2 large cities,

and we still make the law.

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COVID-19

COVID-19

deez daze
soul mirrors
are the menu.

Just look around.

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We have all heard

we have all heard
life is what you
and I make it,

if you believe
there is a you
and a me too,

life is that, or
life is life
is life

Period.


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What’s on your mind?

You gonna post a word or image?
FB always starts the dialogue.

What’s on your mind?

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Got a warrant?

 

“What, you got a search warrant?”
No.
“Then why are you searching mind?”

Listeners hear,
“The answer is not there
or any where discoverable”.

Next step is

“You still don’t get it.
No answer.
No steps.

Presence
is NOW.”

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here

here

Venture out
Stay home.

I AM
here
there
every
where.

open
close doors
don’t matter.

Here
I AM.

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Be at home

Be at home
peace full
and quiet

observe
all of
life,

in
out
about,

[Changing
Expanding
Contracting]

being
life.

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‘my Self’

‘my Self’

Since stepping
on the rock,
Plymouth,

conquer
contain
control

are tools
of a few
fearing

‘the loss
of my
self’.

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Try love for a change.

Try love for a change.

Change Messengers
don’t always appear
as Dalai Lamas.

Mr. Trump is such a Messenger.
Many of us have chosen sides,
for or against him.

Fear and anger is at the deepest root.
The media whips us into a frenzy,
generating interests and profits.

There will always be another story.
Let’s try a new one on for size.
Every blink reveals LOVE.

Try this for a few relaxed blinks,
while breathing deep and slow.
When you feel change,
let it flow.

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the Process,

the Process,

from natural
to preserved.

We may love preserved
meats fruit animals people,
pumped up with lasting looks,

until the seeing eyes
take a back seat
to what is here
and present
presence,
beyond
seeing
eyes.

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What cha’ waitin’ for?

What cha’ waitin’ for?

Some angel to land?
Some magic to happen?
Some cliff to present it self?

Who me?
Yes, you!

Right here.
Right now.

Who me?
Yes me.

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Know any?

Know any?

All we know
these days
is knowing.

I know this that.
I know you know me.
You know I don’t.

Then,
‘The Know It Alls’
know it all,

when asked
what we know.
Know any?

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COVID-19

COVID -19

If I get lt,

will they give me
a needed ventilator,
to save the Black life

I appear to be.

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When I look in the mirror,

When I look in the mirror,
reflected is the me
I see in words.

When our forebears
saw their reflections
prior to any words,
what were their
thoughts?

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the Stories

the Stories

you and me
them and us
sex and death
one happy heart
pale sky blue wind
doggie makes three
here now is presence
you are not any one
change is change
beyond a mind
living love

Life.

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Talk vs. Action

Talk vs. Action

Right now,
we are writing speaking
and acting prayer-full,
until this threat ends.
They all do end.

Then back to
tanning on the beach
plenty of toilet paper
and us versus them.

Folks say,
“this COVID-19 virus
will change things”.

I say,
“only action, not words
will change things”.

What action will I take
to make a change?

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a Virus

the Central Park Five
served serious time.

Our short confinements
due to this virus
should be a cinch.

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I lie,

I lie to you,
to be safe in here,
and keep fear out there.

I lie with you,
imagining fantasy
with an other is reality.

I lie,
until lies
become truth.

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the Whale.

In the belly of the whale,
they say Jonah lived.

See the whale below
the floating gulls
above the
ferry.

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How will you do

How will you do
when there is no you?

No here or there, where
thought reigns supreme.

No life or death, no you,
no me, no thing to be.

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Storms

Each life storm
has troughs
and crests.

Then the next
storm hits.

Each living day
could end.

NOW
is what
there is.

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Splash . . .

Splash, . . .

Like you and me,
all form shall pass.

Between now and then,

what will my pebbles
ripple the pond with?

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a short 1, 2, 3

a short 1, 2, 3

hold it and stroke it
your hair

open wide and relax
the dentist said

hot sweaty heat rising
from the radiator cap

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I throw the windows open

I throw the windows open

and just now realize
any window, a dream
made real, will live on

in the mind made real.

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acorns

acorns
hold
a seed

For
wood
poems
shelter
animals
and life
on earth.

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Capitalists Unite

Capitalists Unite

Which choices best support growth
in an expanding capitalist society ?

some of us OR all of us.
school debt OR learn for free.
lung cancer OR no cigarettes
mine is mine OR mine is ours.
factory farms OR family farms.
plastic is profit OR profit is clean air.
private prisons OR help the people.

profit/people ?

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Do you know,

Do you know,

living and dying
are not separate,

yet I embrace one
and fear the other.

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Creatures of habit.

Creatures of habit.

We struggle beneath the weight,
bearing us down and out

the door to the right is open.
We can take the easy way
through the wide open door

or breathe still mind open heart,
to where rubber meets the road.

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I love you

‘I love you
and don’t want it
to ever end.’

Know this.
Each breath
is a new beginning.

Each breath
is a new beginning.

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I lie,

I lie,

I lie to you,
to be safe in here
and keep fear out there.

I lie with you,
imagining fantasy
with an other is reality.

I lie,
until lies
become truth.

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She says . . .

She says
‘Find it and face it’.

I say
‘Find it and be it’.

For years it chased me
down 13 flights of stairs.

One afternoon I stopped
and turned.

It entered me
and there was no thing

to FEAR

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I forget

Many times
I forget

God speaks
to me

not just
through me

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Return em?

Return em?

Shoot em
when you
get em.

Run away
slaves.

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I love you

I love you
and am afraid

my heart is open
too wide.

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Sun shine

Sun shine
Find me.

I AM
beyond thought.

Now what,
beyond thought?

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“I am sorry.”

“I am sorry.”

When I plant the seed,

no amount of sorries

can change the fruit.

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each moment.


each moment
matters

be
see
feel
hear
taste
breathe

Love
in each moment
matters

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Are you OK with that?

Levels Ov Involvement
is a study in and of itself.

Some will just say, Huh?
Some see Of, and move on.
Some read the words start to end,
then wonder if the spelling is correct.
Some will know all the words as printed
and recall ‘I have experienced the levels’.
Some will add an emoji, for a modern reply.
Some will read Ov and whisper, to no others
in the room, ‘Wow, this guy can’t even spell Of’.
Some, or really most, will never know I even exist.

Are you OK with that?

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LOVE

Can I have it all,
at the same time

hiding out,
wanting

to be
with you?

‘There’s no way
you can have it all.’

‘Pick this or that,
and make it work.’

I Can have it all
at the same time.

LOVE

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Earth-lings

Earth-lings

There has never been peace
between humans on this planet,

yet there has always been life,
in one form or another.

I ask you, ‘How necessary are we
‘lings’, to earth’s survival?

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teacher love

teacher love

when
ticktockticktockticktock
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struck 3

you were gone.

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summer 1974

Waiting . . .

Waiting . . .

I wonder how long
it lives at the door?
Death.

Life.
How long will I wait
to be forest AND fire?

Wake Up!
Do you really think
the two are separate?

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Reflection

Reflection
Reflection

Folks say, “You’re Black”.
I say, “OK”.

A voice says, “Be who you are”.
I ask, “Does who transcend hue”?

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Kool Aid

Kool Aid

We laugh and say,
‘they drank the Kool Aid’.

Others look at us and say,
‘they drank the Kool Aid’.

I laugh and say,
‘there’s a lotta Kool Aid
out there’.

Kids today say,
‘no more Kool Aid’.

‘Let’s open our hearts
in service of all life.’

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Goddess Supreme

Goddess Supreme

We can use your guidance
to cross these troubled waters,
beneath the gathering clouds.

Appear as a tempest or a dry leaf
crashing to the forest floor,
but come to mend hearts.

May our discord cease
as your joy pours forth,
melding light with night.

Help us accept life and death,
to know love connects all hearts
as one, and to Be Hear Now.

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1 liddle tail

What is on
in
from
to
mind ?

mine
yours
ours
there’s

no
return
from
illusion.

Is
there ?

Who
says?

You ?

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a child, a cloud,

a child in your arms.
ice cream on a stick.
a class of students.
with a lover in bed.
church bells and rice.
a child in my arms.
a rocker on the porch.
a cloud of memories.

no more.

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Beacons of Life

There is a community
for all of life.

Let’s find it
and be beacons for others.

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In the super market

In the super market

I watched the mothers
Carrying their babies.

‘I miss being a parent’,
then thought again.

‘I miss being carried.’

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Quiet Passage

I call it Quiet passage

from else where
to here [a pit stop]

and off again.
Natives mention

hollow bones.

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Just a thought.

Just a thought.

If early Africans had entered the New World,
like many voyagers from Europe,

like many voyagers from Europe,
African Americans would be bi-lingual.

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Sense

Sense

Does this/that make sense?
is a question

Who am I?
is a better question

I AM beyond words,
so you take it from here.

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Back yard buns.

Back yard buns

I love your backyard buns,
sun warmed and ready to savor.

Back yard buns.

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“Hey woman.”

“Hey Woman”

I met a female
acquaintance

and thought
‘hey girl’.

and thought
would I say
‘hey boy’.

and said
‘hey woman’.

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make believe love

make believe love
(from across the street)

she struts naked
past the shade pulled low

all above her belly button
is hidden from view

each night I see her
we make believe love.

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