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Pandora's Box had HOPE at the bottom

very short pieces on totally different themes, largely drawn from having watched too much news

"Difficult . . ."

difficult doesn't begin 

to encapsulate, or capture: 



is unimaginable.

I do my best

to stand witness

because someone must;

to be present:

a present, tense

as long as it’s unobserved

and given anonymously.


baseball could be biking could be political twitter-sex

to cheat to win to scandal

someone on the news just said

"it was wideblown" meaning widespread

and "everyone was doing it"

about bad habits long-shadowed

by the glare of the miscreants' glamour

bigger than the reputations

about to be deflated

by the chances taken to get them

with evidence of shortcuts

a head ahead of tests to quantify

and level the playing field retroactively


in the "coolest things on the Internet today"

a new study reveals the rich are different

from the rest of us in yet another way

it's elemental

with higher levels of toxic contaminants

mercury and arsenic and cesium and thallium

Sing along!

I hear the tune in my head already

and can supply some bouncing balls

which like a diet rich in seafood and fresh sushi

seems like much more fun


we who worship at the altar

of rational materialism

may nonetheless be drawn

to embrace all things holy

the ultimate open mind

including the absence of it altogether

without calculating odds

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