Not Related to Roger Brooke Taney

I did such a poor job at making friends
that no one agreed to be my emergency contact.

I picked a name at random from the phone book
even though my phone book was seven years old.

I assumed the Sarah McLachlan I chose
was not the famous singer and animal rights activist.

Since I used her name, phone number and address
I sent her an anonymous gift

of a black leather purse with an explanation
of the Dred Scott decision tucked inside.

copyright © 2023 Kenneth P. Gurney

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