O’Dell

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I dream of travel,

walking crowded streets

smiling, smelling, seeking

newness and knowledge.

I can’t find the time to do the laundry

while I order grocery delivery

to buy me two more

hours of hustle each week.

I dream of a quiet house

the children launched

the pet’s rainbow journied

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Dang it.
(I write for the delicate sensibilities
of my dear internet reader
when in reality my language
consisted of swearing that
would make my
Marine grandfather
blush.)

I was writing a great article,
an article, not a poem,
on technical writing
and SMART goals
with witty examples
and humorous quips
and relevant graphics…

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Thank you so, so much
for waving your red flags
boldly in my face.

Thank you for asking
all the right questions,
having the deep discussions,
connecting with me.

Thank you for saying
you will not disappear
go silent
fail to respond.

Thank you for failing
to appear, speak, respond
in this…

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A plastic rat tacked to the wall,
crystals hanging from the door hinge.
People stepping outside in lawful smoking compliance.
Jaded bartenders ignoring your drink request.

The aftermath of a great show.
Musicians past their prime but still magical.
Low ceilings and laughter and Halloween lights.
Done by 9:30, Metamucil time…

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O’Dell

O’Dell

Writer-Reader-Hiker of all the mountains (real and metaphorical) Fuel more writing https://www.buymeacoffee.com/c.d.odell