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humpty dumpty in oakland* (for frank c.)


Two slices of white. Blank, like a newly stretched canvas. Rye. Sesame. Lightly toasted on one side.

Squeezed. Pinched. Kneaded.

She is a woman of unshakable conviction. Of doughy complexion. Evangelical. Unleavened.

Curled at the edges now, not so easily buttered up.

Frankly, my dear…

it takes a brave man to play ball and try to put his life together again.

* the title, \”Humpty Dumpty in Oakland\”, is borrowed from an early novel by Philip K. Dick, a writer of relentless fortitude in pursuit of the rent.

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