He Spends Time

He spends time getting in the meditative
mood, reading meditations by renowned
writers, reading poetry and he’s almost
ready to do his thirty minutes of deep
breathing and he’s pretty sure this time
it’s going to result in a zen-like experience
when he looks up from the computer and
sees the neighbor walk by, the one who
caused so much trouble in the association
because he wanted everything for himself
and his super Christian, evangelical, right-
eous, rightwing family in a way that would
be “just so,” and the worst might be that
he and they are all graduates of the same
college so then he asks himself, Where
did my meditative posture of peace just go —

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