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            It’s already so familiar
            we hardly even
            read it. I mean, see it.

Anchor Drag

            Words weigh less than a dusty cobweb
            —until you have to haul them up
            from the depths of sorrow.

Caught Between

            Grandma likes driving, but drifts
            once again across the double line,
            this time laughing
            at the grandkids in the back.
            The mother in the middle feels like
            she’s always punishing somebody.

The Leash

            The dog’s symbol of freedom
            is its leash. He’ll strain and choke
            after barking to get it.

Edward Dougherty is the author of four books of poems, most recently of Grace Street (Cayuga Lake Books, 2016), and six chapbooks. This past June, he contributed a poem-a-day to Tupelo Press’s 30/30 Project.