and of course the conversation
continues through the course
of his life as if it were a dinner
party where the guests were hand
picked by a host who valued precise
pairings of food and wines as well
as how shades of people’s words
can color an evening in the right hues
which would make everyone look their best
yet still cause them to feel as if they clashed
at least tastefully with someone else enough
to make their tired rants seem somewhat fresh 
to themselves for one more night before
they shuffle home alone and vacuous
(March 2010)

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