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by the Food and Drug Administration
Sometimes I imagine I am giving a speech
at an awards ceremony,
having just been honored for a lifetime’s achievement,
when, looking out at the audience mid-
sentence, I see the ghost of my childhood self,
tapping the face of his colorful watch
(as one taps a fish tank when whatever’s
in there isn’t doing anything interesting)
and I forget what I wanted
to say about ginkgo biloba.
Tom Fugalli has published poems here and there and lives in New Rochelle, NewYork.