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Ode to Smears, Shakes, Slurs and Malice

Leaving a permanent smear that can’t be hose-nozzled away;

Must ask, what is it? 16 grams of saturated fats, 100 grams of sugar, mono and diglycerides,

Cellulose and guar gums and carrageenan surpassing the daily carb limits.

Must wonder how this sticky stuff fills the bloodstream if it’s unremovable?

But what’s worse are the slurs meant to hurt others by malice,

Malice, like a swift sword, decapitates the soul of good intentions,

Cracking deep scars of lack of empathy, without self-defence;

Smearing vindictive half truths and lies over a kind lifelong legacy;

Spreading malignant words, dissolving family bonds and reputations;

Forcing such corrupt words to strike fiercely with no forgiveness or removal.

Be careful with what you fill your body or how you slur truths …

Perhaps over time, the storms may diminish the outer shake smear;

But nothing can lessen the smears of human malice within the soul of compassion.

Annemarie Berukoff

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Retired teacher — wisdom of Timely Tools for Changes: self-franchise internet marketing, social media attacks, ecology

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