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the metric system

when the best
i can come up with
is a lot
you want to know
how much

but I find
the task
of measuring
a wide expanse
too much to attempt
the risk
of echoing
a greeting card
too much to bear

so I reply with
bare skin
fingertips
clean dishes
laundry
and an absence
of cigarettes
forever

Posted July 9, 2003 11:26 AM | On This Day: 2002