suddenly stopped smiling. again.


i took the trouble
to complement you
on your beautiful

with which you have favored me
for weeks now
at every meeting
in the store
in which you work

you avoid my glance

let’s see…
why has it happened
this time?

employer disapproval?

personal disapproval?

did i voice an opinion
in this free country?

what was the last one?

oh, yes,
I remember:

so, is it you
who lets your man beat on you,
or your boss
who makes it a habit
to do so himself at home?

if it were possible
to live without shopping altogether
i would leave the merchants
of Arcata, CA
in their own



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23 thoughts on “suddenly stopped smiling. again.

    1. This is one of those pieces which is so intense and personal you wonder whether you should even publish it, and then everybody seems to get just what they need from it and you’re glad you did! Guess I’m not the only one who’s gone through this, eh? Have a great night, and thanks for reaching back

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