Fewer Than Two Weeks Before the Election

Fatigue hangs around like the next door

Cat ready to pounce, in the act of pouncing.

Fatigue hangs in the air like millions of

Tiny dumb bells falling on ones back.

Fatigue surrounds muscles and

Joints, seeping like bone chilling

Dampness into and through the muscles,

Into the nervous system to cause the

Muscles attached to the bones to shiver.

It all weakens the body politic till it can

think only about bed, sleep and the dream

of a day off, way off, so far off, it might never

get here.  The neighbor’s cat’s perpetual, midair

pounce is always here.

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