[38] Red Letter Day, Rich Murphy

When the day winks
after a calendar eye
has been blackened,
the blame for the cruelty
passes to the pen-holder
who wastes time in life.

Witnesses doubling
as audiences on 12 pages
smile but shrug in dismay:
Some toothy and warm
while others snowy fresh.

From zero to 85 in 31025
mornings and the bucket list
begins by age 10.
Ready, set, when to begin?
Hope pinches until ouch or yikes
between twinkles lived
and possible early demise.

What to do fleshes up
into a small mound to ponder
subtract, subtract, subtract.

Waiting for goose bumps to fly.

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