trying not to wobble

trying not to wobble - vicki malits addesso

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Two Against One Equals Three

I said the word in such a way that the twins,

Belinda and Deidre,

could not understand.

I said “potato” but they say

“potato.”

And so our disagreement began.

Identical in every way except

that Belinda has a limp.

I never asked why.

Perhaps she had injured her leg years ago,

before I had met them both,

but I did not know

and I have never asked

so I am simply wondering.

I will not assume,

 or presume.

At least I am not making

an ass out of you and me

by assuming,

or presuming.

I have no need to know

why Belinda limps while her twin sister

does not.

And I certainly will not say “potato”

just because the two of them say “potato.”

It has been difficult spending time with the two of them - 

they do everything together - 

ever since the word incident.

The three of us speak hesitantly,

uncertainly, haltingly.

Not one of us wants to be accused

of saying anything in the wrong way.

But I am at a disadvantage.

Two against me, you see.

-vmaddesso

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For Forever

I had a friend once and twice he left.

I lost him bit by bit, but finally I lost him for forever.

What does it mean to lose a friend?

What does it mean to leave for forever?

To leave forever, or to leave for forever…

I cannot figure out if that is the same thing.

It is not the same thing. I believe the grammar

may be the issue.

In his place I have found nothing.

How can you replace a friend?

I cannot find another like him.

I cannot find anyone even a bit like him.

All the bits are gone. Bit by bit I lost him.

Then, one day, he was completely gone, 

and it has been for forever that he has not come back.

-vmaddesso

 

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vmaddesso:

As I am busy writing new stories & poems, I am doing a throwback post today…but it’s only a one year throwback. Yes, our book is one year old already! So, in case you missed it, here it is…and I invite you to visit our website and read excerpts. 
In the meantime, I am getting myself back to work: ass in seat, and writing!!!
Please visit:
http://www.stillherethinkingofyou.com/excerpts.html

vmaddesso:

As I am busy writing new stories & poems, I am doing a throwback post today…but it’s only a one year throwback. Yes, our book is one year old already! So, in case you missed it, here it is…and I invite you to visit our website and read excerpts. 

In the meantime, I am getting myself back to work: ass in seat, and writing!!!

Please visit:

http://www.stillherethinkingofyou.com/excerpts.html