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Poetry #11
(published Late in the Year, 2000)
Lower Tar and Nicotine
by Manu Chander

Intake today, now, before apathy
Metastasizes and sets in for
Good. For the good of passion
And the sake of such passionate
Things as newborns, redbreasts,
Rhododendron clusters and so

Forth. Before every middle-of the-road
Exhalation flowers casually into a giving
Up and even words like love muddle
Toward an inconsolably white noise.
And hit the whiskey with less
Frequency lest your erections

Flop like a yesterday phenomenon:
Habitual, coiling, recoiling within.

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