One of the First Things They Bought

by Eric Chaet

I find it hard to blame those who misjudge me
especially since
out of uncertainty & sometimes fear
& ignorance, too, of course
I make false moves I come to regret—
& for every one of me
there are a million pretenders
& billions who believe they’re too sensible
to even want to pretend
to be such a ridiculous person—
it’s one of the first things they decided
when they were just kids
or rather
it’s one of the first things that they bought.

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Also posted online @ Beyond the Pale (Ireland & France)

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emerging self series

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