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Across the aisle

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Posted on November 14, 2016 |
By Gary Margolis



My aisle’s a walk across the road I have

to walk. My neighbor’s stripping his bumper-

peeling decal off. We’ve had little to say

 

to each other these past twelve months.

Guessing where each other stands,

by the flags we wave. By now we’ve had

 

enough of this, our barely talking.

We have to get back to the work of

neighboring. Our poet on the mountain

 

is likely to have said. Bynoonsomething

written on the frost is gone. Who won,

who lost. Every four years we come this.

 

and cross the road again. Not looking

for a hand-out or ways to spend 

what we don’t have. Not wanting

 

to fuel another war in our deer-hunting,

book-reading neighborhood.

Thanksgiving’s a few weeks away.

 

So we can wave the way

we’ve usually done. Not have to care

what a bumper sticker said. Say if that deer

 

has enough points or any points at all,

to be taken down. If one of us is here

to let it run away, back into its winning woods.

Gary Margolis

Cornwall

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