Goes Without Saying

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Goes Without Saying


young men

braver than brave—

cover their heads
with helmets
to protect their brains
while playing a game
of collision.

Of course we should
cover our face,


with a mask of caring 
for ourselves,

a mask of compassion 
for others,

and yes,

a mask of courage

to protect everyone

else in the game 

of life.

. . . j
from the Childhood Remedy and Other Such collection

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