Signs

Monday, January 14, 2019

A lovelorn man stood
defeated on a corner—
a sign taped to him
said “Out of Ardor.”

Reminded me
of a centuries-old
skeleton I once noticed—
sign said “Out of Odor.”

Someone had hand-
appended, “Finally!”
followed by a smiley.
Didn’t seem funny

at the time, but now
I sort of get it.
Jokes about decay
I guess can be okay.

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