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For this week's prompt, write a disappointment poem. I honestly didn't think about the timing of announcing the challenge results with this prompt, but there you go. It can be disappointing to not win, I know, but there are so many other ways to be disappointed as well (with presents, affection, attention, motivation, and so on). I hope this prompt does not disappoint.


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Here's my attempt a Disappointment Poem:

"jury duty"

i am happy to serve: so let's get
that out of the way first thing, okay.

it's just that i had plans this week,
you know, and really, it's not like

i'm going to get selected, and anyway
there's a better than good chance we

will be dismissed before lunch, because
that's what always happens, and then,

you know, i've been here for nothing
and rearranged the stars and the moon

because the lawyers had to wait until
the last minute to finally sort things out.


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He is married to a paralegal who is on jury duty today.

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