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By Ric Masten (1929-2008), a Unitarian Universalist poet, folk singer and minister. In Ric Masten Speaking (Watsonville, CA: Paper Mache Press, 1990). Used with permission.
you've seen the results
in the shop on the shelf
row after row of grey empty faces
with nothing happening in the glassy eyes
a little surface reflection
you know the symptoms
a history of dependable service
then suddenly for no reason things go dark
and you're a dead piece of furniture
to be removed from the living room
the psychological repairman said
and shrugged and shook his head
having checked everything
except the cord
which of course
in a word "unplugged"
and to think
i nearly went to the dump myself
because someone less than a poet
trying to describe a condition
came up with a misleading term
a case of burnout demands a second opinion
and this is mine
find an outlet
and if the cord doesn't reach
move the set
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Last updated on Saturday, October 29, 2011.
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