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393 things they never teach you in seminary

5_cent_stamp
393 things they never teach you in seminary:

two 4s and a 5 make 13 cents
the additional cost of postage
for a longways newsletter
393 movements of arm and hands,
fingers gently yet swiftly removing
stamps from sheets,
affixing  them to paper

131 newsletters checked
and double-checked
for adequate postage
Chippendale chairs and
American Toleware
flanking the flag
placed carefully yesterday
by a faithful volunteer

We lack the information,
don’t speak the language
of upright and sideways
think we only need to know
the weight,
an ounce,
five sheets of paper
filled with news

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