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Five Words

he called it the five-star smash up
she said sparking off a multi car collision
in my head; but it was the word star
threw it into something else
like maybe an asteroid hitting the earth
what we joke about and don’t really believe
will happen but I’ve seen it, more than once felt
the earth break-up and in a second,
not know where I was…what planet
are you still here, my friend asked me
who repeated what her podiatrist said
about breaking five bones in her toes to
reset them correctly…something small
insignificant, but suddenly you
can’t feel the earth beneath your fee

  Linda Lerner