Living in Petra

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Sometimes the geographical cure is the only cure you've got.

Submitted: July 20, 2018

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LIVING IN PETRA

 

So is this your first

time in Baltimore,

this woman asks,

and I tell her no,

I'd been here before,

in another life,

as a soft-shelled crab.

 

As I recall,

it ended badly

for me then, too.

 

So is this your first

time in Cleveland,

the bus driver asks,

and I say no,

I'd been here before,

in another life,

as a frontiersman.

 

As I recall,

I ended up in

a ditch back then, too.

 

So is this your first

time out of the country,

this attendant asks,

and I tell her no,

I'd been overseas before,

in another life,

as a fighter pilot.

 

Seems like I caught

a lot of flak

back then as well.

 

So is this your first

time in Petra,

this Bedouin asks,

and I say yes this time.

 

All things considered,

I believe living in

a pile of rocks

would be most prudent.


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