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Nancy Ames

The Ex-husbands

(This is first-person fiction and the ex-husbands are stereotypical)

'I tried to make it work -
I always tried really hard,
every, every time.

But I guess I must have
tried too hard because
I spoiled them rotten and
then, of course, they were
rotten.

Most of them live downtown
now, and they do seem to be
making progress.

Some of them even have
their very own shopping-carts.'

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The Hesitation Blues

'You're making me happy -
it's so hard to believe.
You're making me happy
and I might have to leave.

I can't see the future,
so I really can't stay.
I can't see the future,
so I'm going away.

Some day we'll meet each other -
we might even mention regret.
Some day we'll meet each other
and wonder how close we could get.

You're making me happy -
please don't think I'll forget.
You're making me happy,
I'm just not happy yet.'

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Futuristic Swimming

Futuristic swimming,
like fish evolved in air,
like birds that haunt the vacuum
where angels cry, 'Beware! '

There's never been a shortage
of sharks here in the water;
they like the luminous distraction
of the silence after slaughter.

Futuristic swimming,
like fish evolved in air,
like birds that haunt the vacuum
where angels cry, 'Beware! '

Some day words will lose their meaning,
when thoughts flow mind to mind,
and these sad misunderstandings
will all be left behind.

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Cynical Baby Downtown

'Soothing voices are announcing,
cynical baby downtown,
another suppression of hope,
a day of compulsory dancing,
cynical baby downtown,
and subliminal sex, guns and dope.

The mistress of rude assumptions,
cynical baby downtown,
is trying to give us a clue,
displaying the bodily functions,
cynical baby downtown,
of what I might mean to you.

Old men are showing photographs,
cynical baby downtown,
of some of the targets we hit;
I guess the animal that laughs,
cynical baby downtown,
has had a testosterone fit.

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