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Poem: Heart of Palm

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He lived on the third floor
of a brick-and-mortar walk-up
with windows facing east
absorbing summer sun.
It was like a sauna
where he sweat out prior lives
undigested.

She felt for his discomfort
and purchased dark blue curtains.
“This will keep it cool in here,”
she said, the proud philanthropist.

He bit his lip, wiped his brow
and confessed the point she’d missed:
“We all need a dose of sunshine.”

She shook her head
and parted the new blinds.


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