To find a present,
not just anything goes
for these for whom
appearance requires a
chic gift, wrapped in
pleading paper
like a teenager in
peer uniform

Too much money for
wrapping paper, but
I found a gift
I might buy if
I could skip lunch
again, this time
wrapping up death
unless someone can
teach me origami, and
crumpled up love
for those thrown away

No, I will send no gifts
only open the mystery packages
that I found under the snow
in the forest
by the dead
homeless man
clinging to a teddy bear and a bible

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