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To Poet Paul Mullin

HOME LOOKS LIKE Wood fire smoke, a light on in the living room visible through the curtain.
DREAM DINNER PARTY With my real father who died before I was born.
PERSONAL MOTTO Happiness is a circumstance. Gratitude is a choice. Choices create circumstances more often than vice versa.

Instant Messenger

Don’t let not knowing who to mail it to
stop you from sending praise. Just drop
gratitude anywhere, everywhere.
It’ll get where it’s going.

Praise the connections and contingencies,
the blocks and bruises, the stupid choices
that led to this dreamy-eyed kid kissing you.
Praise every worn corner of concrete.

Instant Messenger

Don’t let not knowing who to mail it to
stop you from sending praise. Just drop
gratitude anywhere, everywhere.
It’ll get where it’s going.

Praise the connections and contingencies,
the blocks and bruises, the stupid choices
that led to this dreamy-eyed kid kissing you.
Praise every worn corner of concrete.

Paul Mullin, 46

Seattle

 
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