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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Tim Applegate

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At The Recycling Center

I back my van up to a tottering
mountain of metal, yank on a pair
of work gloves, and fling
a mower blade, a roll of rusty fencing,
and the handlebars of a treadmill
on top of the rest of the scrap.

The guy in the next slot, straddling
the bed of his pickup, scatters
a box of old toys—Barbie dolls, plastic
stove, twisted Slinky—as I knowingly
nod, both of my daughters, with
families of their own now,
thousands of miles from home.