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Close Shave!

Dreamed 1971/11/7 by Chris Wayan (I'd just turned 17)

A lawn-mowing
Pickup truck
Trims my dad's new
Assyrian beard.

Dad hadn't asked--
The guy volunteered,
Eagerly over-drove
Dad's grass face.

Lawsuit. Court.
Dad argues not
That shaving's mutilation but
Trespass. "I rest my case."

Defense: "Landscape's an art,
So mowing is free speech!"
Dad: "But ain't my face
My castle?" Principles wrestle!

Moral (neither deep
Nor grave):
Ask before
Close shave.

A NOTE FORTY-THREE YEARS LATER

Dad liked a close shave. No beard to trim!
So this dream's counterfactual whim
Remains a brambled riddle. I got no clue.
Hello, Doctor Sigmund. You?



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