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Gnats
by William Taylor Jr.
It's an afternoon in which I am as lost
as I've ever been

the sadness of everything
inside me like a drug

and all I can think to do
is drink beer in a quiet place
and hope to somehow make it through the day

a gnat flies into my drink
and I fish it out with a finger
sure I guess they just live
for a day or so anyway

but I figure helping a fellow creature
is the next best thing to helping myself

and I figure like me it's just some hapless
tiny thing suddenly finding itself
out of its depth and drowning

so I put it on the table
and it crawls around a bit
then manages to fly away somewhere
to waste whatever remains
of its useless hours

just as I hope to do.
May 2014
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