SEMANTIC SHIFTSHe smiles and offerswarm hellosAnd is...

THE BALTIMORE SUN

SEMANTIC SHIFTS

He smiles and offers

warm hellos

And is labeled Kind.

She masters obscure facts

and dates

And is deemed Brilliant.

They have their names cited

Relentlessly by the media

And are designated Great.

Single, shallow acts have

Become noble traits,

Synonymous with the

Persons possessing them.

END OF SUMMER

Vacation's over.

Shelve fantasy and replace

Poems with memos.

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