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Borrowed Time

These forty days are Lent to us –
not counting Sundays –
a blessed space in time in which
to step aside, get out of line,
drop out of the mad rush toward
the six-foot drop and bring oneself
to life again. Six weeks, say –
more or less – until the note falls due,
those generous terms expire,
and the piper must be paid
under the palm branches
and dark twisted olive trees.

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