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Peering Through Zoo Bars

I will be unavailable to the viewing public
for the rest of the year

those holding
tickets will be reimbursed

friends first
acquaintances too
strangers last

sorry that my face took on this
different look,
the view is the same
but the room has changed

someone hired an inept decorator
an unseasoned medical personnel
performing after an all night wait
and here I am paying for their
excused refusals.

I can honestly tell you
fine feathered friends and
but not to be ignored enemies
that I am sorry
sincerely sorry that  you've lost
your season tickets
to my deadly winter games

please remember
trading places
is always an option.

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