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It’s All Been Done Before

It’s all been done before and thank heavens for that!

The most magnificent organ is not

heart or brain, but hypothalamus.

Earth, the human body—

both are composed of atoms

from ancient stars exploding,

which makes sense. Of course

family betrays us. So we fashion

new ones. Small dogs are not small

in their own hearts. And I am satisfied

with my small victories. If I earned a nickel

each time I gave a damn for what came before

I’d still be penniless and thirsty, I’d still explode

bit by bit, which is a grace, an unanticipated mercy.

Elizabeth O’Brien