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It Hurts! May 6, 2024

that ant got me good

pulled a weed from its nest

got stung in the thumb


sloppy on my part

not paying attention

bulldozing without looking


God only knows how thoughtlessly

I’ve stepped on toes  cut people off

or tore apart their feelings


today was a stinging lesson

and a debt paid in pain

to the injustice collector


who let me go with a warning

that in a world of niches

I belong to only one


and if I don’t respect that

he’ll be back to collect



and yeah

it still hurts

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