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How to divide one’s time. How, how.

How to silence that rebel poet

slurping up a red sea urchin,

yelling STOP to the world

and standing arms flung on a wide beach praying

for no bombs, no children dead,

praying for kids, my kid and yours and that kid

pounding at the gates of one’s lungs?

Stop and watch seagulls.

Choose battles, save breath.