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S​.​A​.​P. SOCIALISTS AGAINST PACIFISM by Colin James

from East French Press: Poetry Power Hour by East French Press

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S.A.P. SOCIALISTS AGAINST PACIFISM

A manifesto for this organization
can be found on the shelves of a library
in the remote town of Infinity, Texas.
Along side another obscure volume,
“What’s A Tax Return, Daddy?”
The Librarian, a Ms. Murray, enlightened me
on the unpredictability of library etiquette.
Just as books are stolen from the shelves,
others are added surreptitiously.
The author of both volumes was quite likely
a local, Hieronymus Dash. One of the few
patrons Ms. Murray could recall who appeared
considerably lighter when departing.
His shelf meanderings required an edit
resulting in the discovery of the works.
I traveled out to Mr. Dash’s farm
which was a multitude of acres
bordering Infinity and more scrub land.
The ubiquitous “No Trespassing “ and “Never
Mind The Dog Beware Of Owner” signs were
noticeably absent, deintensifying miles of dirt road.
Mrs. Dash greeted me with aplomb and a wave.
Invited me on her porch to sit. Mr Dash
was undoubtedly the instigator sought but,
he soon died after completing his life work.
One of his last acts was depositing his books
in the Infinity town library hoping someone,
somewhere hereabouts would read them.

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from East French Press: Poetry Power Hour, released April 25, 2021

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