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Dogs 2018

HOME REMEDY
(2/17/18)

when
I was
a child

I remember
my father
telling us
of a friend
suffering
an ulcer

his cure
was tequila
to burn away
the malady

my mother
promptly
let us all
know
how idiotic
that was

a prolonged

awkward
silence
followed

today
I attempt
to cure
a gastro
intestinal affliction
with a surfeit
of black coffee

abdominal
exercise

then
if my body
can't take it

the time
has come
to shuffle off
this offending
flesh

Mom
is no longer
alive
to advise me
otherwise

perhaps
she should have
drunk
more