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Issue # 7 May 2012
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Robert W. King

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What It was

It wasn't that I was distracted
by the small troubles people
imagine on a good day, or so much

that the girl walking toward me
had surprising gold
and creamy sparkles in her brown hair,

nor even, passing, that I saw how common
the delight: the yellow
of dandelions, the lacy white of spirea.

It was mostly walking into the blast
of that trailing tangy perfume,
and a little how quickly it thinned.