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

Pamela L. Sumners


My Desk On New Year's Day

is devoid of resolution.
Christmas cards that were returned
because I couldn't read my friend's
cracked handwriting with an unfamiliar
address, a half-eaten candy car, scraps
of my half-bitten thoughts from the year
now gone. My desk, two smushedtogether
TV trays because we needed the oasis
formerly known as my study, my oak desk,
my space for a son who had to stay home
a high-school year--because a bad man
was president and bad people followed him,
maskless, seeding the streets with death
and discontent. Here are abandoned
words, unanswered invitations, the RSVP card
of a new year awaiting polite response.