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So Much for Retirement - June 26, 2023

let’s see if the hamster on the wheel

ever met the rat in the maze

and joined the salmon headed upriver

you’d have my three-headed life


today though I step

off the wheel climb

out of the labyrinth and

beach myself on a stretch

of Tuesday morning sand


and a quiet breakfast

with time not invited

enjoying little bites

and sips of a world

bathed in a new sun


ever notice how a morning sun

insists you stay and linger

asks the flowers to turn your way

cues a bird for a sweet song

then another and another?


and why would you ever

leave that for a wheel

or a maze or back into water

and made to swim upstream?

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