Herbert Nehrlich

Rookie (04 October 1943 / Germany)

Differences - Poem by Herbert Nehrlich

A paper clip,
all dressed
in vinyl blue
was on alert
inside a glass
that once held
two hundred grams
of Thomy's mild.

And within seconds
of being pushed
aside,
passed over,
for a little
floozie
in bright pink
he felt it.

A burst of anger
at the injustice
ignited
deep within
and generated
within nanoseconds
a red hot state
capable of
melting
the vinyl off
all clips.

It was an unintended
but quite equitable
solution.

To pick one clip
above the next,
it means to
overestimate
the difference
between
one clip
and any other.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, July 22, 2005



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