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another church
basement

another reprieve
for an hour
or two, or three
but hopefully

through the
next afternoon
so I could
start all over

grab a styrofoam
cup and fill it
with sugar
and burnt coffee

mingle
with the drunks
and share war
stories

and trite slogans,
slogans
and ever more
slogans

like mantras,
the slogans
when repeated
become manifest

and magically
ease the pain
for just one day
so that maybe

just maybe

I’ll make the
next meeting
sober

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