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“Just Right”

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This poem is inspired by my personal life, but is not entirely autobiographical (hence, the “she”).

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…………………….JUST RIGHT

…………………….Three wooden salad bowls —

…………………….one too many — the largest

…………………….as ebony as the back

…………………….of a sleeping bear. Surplus

…………………….which on Wednesday she lugs

…………………….in both arms to the curb.

…………………….Far emptier than the plastic

…………………….molds for honey, flecked

…………………….cans of tuna fish, junk mail.

…………………….Too big to fit in the bin,

…………………….even too wide for the carts

…………………….of Thursday’s early vagrants.

…………………….But too small — if only

…………………….she would hazard a guess —

…………………….for neighborhood justice.

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…………………….by Therese L. Broderick

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About ThereseLBroderick

Independent community poet living in Albany, New York USA.

One response »

  1. Hi Therese,

    Because of my dense brain I have to wonder what you are writing about besides salad bowls! That “your” life is big and black and empty but you’re being too ungenerous and small minded in that assessment? I certainly did enjoy reading it.

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