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Here’s another one
Beginning in the dark after
Not enough sleep worrying
Worry worry endless loops of worry
Until the letters lose all meaning
Wroryworryorwyrworryworryworry

And then sunrise on frost-covered hills
turns the trees soft pink. And then someone makes
you laugh. And then a surly teenager unsurls
and grins, says, I have never been as excited
about a book as this one. And then another
one, this one an amateur annoyer, says,
Have you read this? I stayed up till 2 a.m. to
finish and now I need to find somebody
who read it too. I need to talk about this
book.
And this, this is all before lunch.

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