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Mr Googly Eyes

Maybe one time in dreams
Mr Googly Eyes came
to scare me.

Mostly I'd see him
in meditation,
unwary.

Sitting to empty the mind,
lurching at me: unkind, and
unsightly.

He let a bathrobe fall open
once and googly-eyed made a hint:
unfunny.

At wit's end, I asked a shaman.
He said to stand my ground,
ask for why.

Next time he came around
I turned on my knee to face him.
He ran away.

I followed where he went,
a party, and asked after him.
Not wily,

he was hiding in the bathroom
and never has come out again.
MY journey.

Nor in My Class

Courage To See the What Is Unfair