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31 Poems About You, Me and Other People

by Rupert Whitaker
Copyright 2017 Rupert Whitaker
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He didn't like living in the same place,
Parking on the same spot,
Entering the café, having his
Toast served with little butter
Without him asking for it.
The same taste as always in his coffee.
The same neighbours
Reading the same newspaper.

Everything in the same place.
The same looks and gestures.
The same position.

Stuck in time.

He was always armed.
"Up to the neck!", his friends said.
Worried, with life, he fired in every direction.
Sometimes even without direction.
"He is dangerous!", they said.
With time, his ammunition ran out,
Wasted on directions and misdirections.
Lately, he just smiled,
In self defense.

It was a kiss
That happened too late.

The bell had already rung.
Office hours were over.

There are games with overtime,
But this was not the case.
He asked to stay,
"Just a little longer", he begged.
"No!", they answered, like thunder.

They turned off the light,
They locked the room.

Alone in a dark room again.

Doors that life weaves.

Make others important.
Feel as they matter.
Listen to stories of their dreams.
The songs that dance around in the night.
The wine they chew.
The paths they fall on.
The sun that burns them.
The rain that caresses them.

The courthouse was filled.
There were no witnesses.
The lawyers didn't know what to accuse.

"What law am I going to invoke?!", asked the accuser.

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