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"Poem Beginning With A Retweet"

by Maggie Smith

If you drive past horses and don’t say horses

you’re a psychopath. If you see an airplane

but don’t point it out. A rainbow,

a cardinal, a butterfly. If you don’t

whisper-shout albino squirrel! Deer!

Red fox! If you hear a woodpecker

and don’t shush everyone around you

into silence. If you find an unbroken

sand dollar in a tide pool. If you see

a dorsal fin breaking the water.

If you see the moon and don’t say

oh my god look at the moon. If you smell

smoke and don’t search for fire.

If you feel yourself receding, receding,

and don’t tell anyone until you’re gone.

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