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

James W. Reynolds


Dry Cleaned

It's a coffee-spilling day
despite my desperate need
for every drop that drips
on my formerly pristine
dry-cleaned white shirt.

The sun hasn't even come up yet.
The bundled-up homeless are still asleep
under the bridge as I drive by.

It's a middle-management day —
where dire budgets are discussed
behind softly closed doors
and layoffs loom.