Normal By Mistake

Sometimes I say words like “slides”
When I was thinking “slips and hides,”
But since the word I used was real
Nobody noticed. Should I feel
Relief that no one caught my tongue
Betraying me? Do songs unsung
Resent the absence of applause,
Or cherish their potential? Flaws
That might not long survive exposure
Thrive in silence. No one knows you’re
Less than perfect if you’re mute
But if your secret skill’s acute
Then aren’t you selfish not to share it?
Dare to err! Then proudly wear it!*

*Not the message that I started
Off with. Once again, outsmarted.

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Aisle 3

A hat surrounds the little lady
Lost in Aisle 3
Shadows from the broad brim veil her
Off-brand O’s of sugar trail her
Crunched beneath her checked Chuck Taylor
Sneakers as she slides behind
The cardboard salsa/chip display
I hesitate then turn away
I’m not convinced that folks won’t mind
Or think there’s something slightly shady
In an older man like me
Staring at the little lady
Lost in Aisle 3

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Summer Mondays

Summer Mondays last
Longer than most Mondays should
Unless you’re a kid

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Wrong Song

Both time and space exist, or mine
Ignore what sages say.
This heat can suck my eglantine
It’s been a long-ass day.

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If The Sofa Dent Fits

Too hot to move
I stayed inside
If something’s missing
Someone died
Suspiciously
Look far and wide
But not at me
I’m alibied

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Hint: An Aquatic Quadruped

Weather : Hot :: Happy : Not
Weather : Hotter :: Happy : ______

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Custard Gets Me

the problem

for me

with

free verse

is

it’s free

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