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Grace sits there
Tied to a chair
breathing heavily
remembering nothing
smelling of pee
waiting for death
while her sons and daughters
rush off to catch a plane
through the busy terminal
into checkpoints
and out of checkpoints
with only a minute to buy
a duty free gift
before the planes rush off
to their meetings
where they hope to come
upon the stage
as the main character
before they too
sit there like
Tied to a chair
Breathing heavily
remembering nothing.

Irwin R. Shaw - December 1984