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by Diana Neutze
For over forty years
I have been dueling
with a redoubtable opponent.
If I have maintained equilibrium,
it is through fancy footwork
and unwavering attention.
But today, he slipped in under my guard.
I lost footing and my concentration
I sprawled lengthwise
entirely at his mercy.
But the defeat is not of today alone;
for months, years, I have been undermined
and only now,
the skin has cracked open
to expose a gaping wound.
© 2009 Diana Neutze
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