dirt on the welcome mat

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Powerful as the new day,

The past lingers

On pungent breath.

Intense as last week’s

Coffee spill,

Memory lapses keep staining,

Polluting the gray office air.

Never a clean break,

Awake, asleep,

Every sunrise with its shadows.

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Slips of paper slide out of your mouth.

You laminate them beneath your tongue,

Then shoot them out when I pass by.

The shiny gliders land at your friends’ feet;

They send back papers glossed with their condescending glares.

I stare at the concrete scroll beneath my feet.

Engraved with spindly cracks and inlaid with cigarette butts,

Its rough, weathered surface holds me up.