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FebPoWriMo 17

Now that everyone agrees it is time 
to return to normal by which they mean
an increasing number of traumatic
events we could not have foreseen without
reference to how long we were upset
things have not returned to what we wanted
to perceive as acceptably normal
which might have included crying at work
in bathrooms because we could not take it
anymore then suddenly no one could
and increasingly fewer of us will
because they haven’t noticed the numbers
keep increasing or keep staying the same
life is just a number without a name

By Joshua Keiter

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