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Betsy Holleman Burke

napalm falls all around us Joanne warns

     why napalm old outdated poison

why not new toxins or death at the gym or demise

     after a clean bill of health just last week

you danced to Fats Domino’s piano at Prom

     today you wait in a wheelchair for family who

forget to come     why not speak truth and say

     we all die no respite from funerals every week

happy people in planes fell from the sky yesterday

     or was it last month or into the frozen Potomac

on my fourteenth wedding anniversary to a man

     whose laugh I can no longer remember.


Trees on Kiawah Island - Photo Taken by Henry Brown

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