Friday, July 28, 2017


[for Ray Bradbury]

the rest of us here have no problem with this
perhaps they say leaving you to feel like
the one on the seesaw high in the air

with no reprieve

while the rest of them
weigh down the other side
how odd it feels

to be the odd one out
in every other discussion
over a lifetime

is it really a discussion

when everyone else is not it
and you're the one tagged,
cornered, made to feel

all out there on your own
defending something obvious
you would think

even angels would defend

except that
the only thing obvious is
people enjoy

a good number of them
ganging up on
the one that's tagged

regardless of the issue.

mary angela douglas 28 july 2017