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Tenderness and Rot by Kay Ryan

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Hello, April. Hello, poetry month. Here’s a reminder I’ll never get tired of:

Tenderness and Rot
Kay Ryan

Tenderness and rot
share a border.
And rot is an
aggressive neighbor
Whose iridescence
keeps creeping over.

No lessons
can be drawn
from this however.

One is not
two countries.
One is not meat

It is important
to stay sweet
and loving.

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