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"Devil oh devil"
said the patient to the therapist,
"Devil oh devil"
said the therapist to the patient,
each caught in the hate of the other
"Bad therapist"
"Bad patient"
A bowl of fruit was placed
between them
hurriedly they threw out
the bananas
and cherries
and poured
their poisons
into the bowl
green and black projections
scribbled in with lice and lead
And now they didn't have to walk
away from one another.

Irwin R. Shaw - January 18th 1987