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Breakfast at Sixty

After a lifetime of nuptials and regret of trips

to the marriage counselor the family therapist the support group

divorce agreement postponed

like spring cleaning or Halley’s comet for

yet another swing of valium-and-barbiturate

for-the-sake-of-the-children years and finally

the inevitable bathroom mirror realization

that freedom, balding gray-faced wrinkled freedom

is finally staring you in the face


You look at each other will to fight gone out

of you like two tired old footballs kicking abandoned now

for a bit of quiet some toast and marmalade

the crossword puzzle the news the way

the world goes on and on in sickness and in health

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