Mothballs

These words are ether
brief flames
waiting their match
and I’m the yenta
dutifully determining
how to allot the oil

The reality
is that eight days
are far too few
that the real lesson
was how to keep a flame
from going out

It wasn’t with prayer
well maybe a little
but not the kind
that needs a god
just an MIT grad
and some good PR

The miracle
is that they came together
that they rose up
and found a clause
a contract with higher power
to keep the lights on

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