Provisional Conclusions

poems about ADHD, grief, and some of life's other little struggles
by Mike Fedel

Oakland, 1993


Three little girls walking
down Piedmont Avenue,
holding hands
fairy princesses
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fast friends.
Everyone loves everyone.
It takes a village.

Later, on the bus,
a mother
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yells at her five year old who
is too excited about what he sees
out the window.
"Sit down! Shut up!"

My car is broken down
again.
Iím broke too.
The man
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who comes out of the alley to help
canít get it started either.

He gives me twenty dollars
for cab fare home.

In the grocery store,
a woman
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tells her daughter
not to talk to
mine.
Young men selling bean pies
outside the Safeway
wonít even look at me.