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Five Poems
by David Francis


On foot at night—
a black cat is a more welcome
sight than a large dog


I like it almost
and this makes me mad
I know my emotions are stultified
but am beginning to suspect
that it is what I am reading’s fault


As a university student
I was always quiet and prudent;
upon graduation
I asked a relation
if I could shout now—but I couldn’t.


While waiting for a government service
my ankles became very nervous;
one leg fell asleep
so I started to creep—
which the bureaucrats deemed was on purpose.


One loner
looks at another

thinks, that one’s