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The Outside World

By Nolcha Fox

Time to leave.

Put on sweater.

Pick up bag.

Pick up keys.

Open front door,

Step outside.


Pushed back

inside by

arctic wind.

Close front door.


Take off sweater.

Need a down coat.

Open closet door.

Dodge falling

boxes, beach

balls, bats.


There’s the 

box of old

love letters, 

I wondered

where that went.


Walk to kitchen 

with love letters.

Make some coffee.

Sip and read.

I could never 

leave without you.



The outside world

Can wait awhile.

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