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She wrapped
aluminum foil
around my head.

My mental static
did not go away
as promised.

She blamed me
for being unreceptive
to her personality.

I thought
another bottle of merlot
won’t save this evening.

Even though
the wine was served in paper cups
and accompanied

a veggie pizza
served on stiff paper plates
that absorb the oils.

A photo
of the Columbia River Gorge
hung on her wall

displaying salmon
leaping through
the rapids.

copyright © 2021 Kenneth P. Gurney

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