so much hinges

on “if”

and/or “but”

perhaps “maybe”


mention “no”

and the proposition

collapses into a

heap of best

intentions denied


“here” is not “there”

“where” cannot be “”when” 

“then” is not

“now” and

never could be “ever”


“maybe” is where

I’ll be found

after the proud

get their round


nothing more 

is due 

but  if you

have to ask

to get a clue

you’ll never know



                  David Sermersheim

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