What is not Covered

Variations on a theme of an optical plan

         (right alongside)
          (but not limited to) 
          time passing 
          while you cannot see 

Loss of use
           when you crash into the plate glass window
           because you cannot see
Is not covered

The repair center
the guy with all the lenses in a cushioned box
with all the expertise having to do with lenses
who tells you you look younger than you actually are
and you tell him maybe he needs glasses too
but thanks all the same
the girl who makes the frames
the person who packs them into a box
if they couldn’t make it in today
This is not covered

Time passing
while you cannot see
Things you crash into 
while you cannot see
Any shelf they’re sitting on
while you can’t see
Otherwise awaiting parts
Not covered

Pre-existing conditions, damage from abuse,
Introduction of foreign objects
           Je ne peux pas voir
Modifications or alterations
Failure to follow the care instructions
Are not covered

Third-party actions
Or Acts of God
A foreign enemy
          Bone saw
          A bathtub of acid
          These guys are good at what they do
          lorsque vous brisez une vitre de verre
These are not covered

Civil War
          While all of these may on occasion be called for
          Remember: they are not covered
a Strike
a Labor Disturbance
a Lockout 
a Riot
or Civil Commotion
            If you fall on your face while wearing your glasses
            If you fall on your face diving under your desk
            Remember: this is not covered 

Preventive maintenance
           Curled beneath the desk
           That this is not covered

Damage which is not reported within thirty

Decorative Embellishments
          whatever you want: 
          but remember:
          these are not covered

Damage caused by animals and insects 
          Finding your corpse, in a culvert, let’s say
          the nibbles
          the nesting
          ingested lens-shards 
Not covered

Unauthorized repairs
Sold as-is
Products that are lost or stolen
Also not covered

Cleanings, Adjustments, Fittings 
          you can’t stay young forever, and this is not covered
A change in prescription 
          nor can your eyes (please see above)
Any other medical reason
          and someday, you will die
          beneath your desk
          in the culvert
          in your bed

What is not covered 
          will be laid bare
What is not covered 
          will fall away

©Melinda Rooney, 2020

13 Ways of Looking at Collusion

With apologies to Wallace Stevens
With no apologies to Donald Trump

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Among Republicans and Democrats
Virtually every one has said there is
No collusion.
There’s been
No collusion.
Everybody knows the answer already.
There was
No collusion.

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They walk around blinking at each other.
I have no expectation.
I can only tell you that there is absolutely
No collusion.

A hoax,
A ruse
A made-up problem
An excuse for losing an election

A Democrat and a Republican
Are one.
A Democrat and a Republican and Collusion
Are one

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A Lover’s Quarrel, Lindsey Kustusch

I do not know which to prefer
The beauty of inflections
Or the beauty of innuendoes
That there was
Or that there was
No collusion

I saw Dianne Feinstein the other day on television, she said,
There is
No collusion.

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Line of Flight, Sarah Yeoman

I watched Alan Dershowitz the other day, he said,
Number 1, there is
No collusion,
Number 2, collusion is not a crime,
But even if it was a crime, there was
No collusion.
There is
No collusion
And even if there was, it’s not a crime.
But there’s
No collusion.

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The Republicans, in terms of the House committees,
They come out,
They’re so angry
Because there is
No collusion.

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What Is Gathered Will Disperse, Lindsey Kustusch

Every Democrat is saying it
Frankly there is absolutely
No collusion
That’s been proven
There is
No collusion.

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What Is Moving Will Be Still, Lindsey Kustusch

The congressmen have been unbelievable in pointing out what a
Witch hunt the whole thing is.
So, I think it’s been proven that there is
No collusion.

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Good Morning, Ingrid Art Studio

There is tremendous collusion
Including all of the stuff with the —
And then whatever happened to the Pakistani guy, that had the two,
You know,
whatever happened to this Pakistani guy?
Whatever happened to him?

Whatever happened
With the two servers that they broke up into a million pieces?

That was a big story

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It makes the country look bad
It makes the country look very bad
It puts the country in a very bad position.

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Crow Study II, Sarah Yeoman

There was collusion and there was no collusion
There was tremendous collusion
And there was no collusion

You know, we hear bullshit from the Democrats

[Cross talk]
[Cross talk]

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©Melinda Rooney, 2018

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