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T o d d   M e r c e r


Jimmy’s Dad Had to Snag a Ride


Those voicemails

are melanomas upon the day,

yet to be classified

as malignant or benign.

The car caught fire in the driveway.

It was a total loss,

but luckily the house didn’t burn.

So that’s why the bus this morning,

the dark-circled eyes,

eau de gasoline,

phone buzzing,


lurching into uncertainty.






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