as i drove to work each day
my eyes would fix themselves
upon a young man with a facial deformity
— mainly around the mouth
he seemed to be making a funny face
a fixed expression like a bulldog
he used dark sunglasses to deflect attention
but it was noticeable anyway
those dark shades seemed to emanate power
to dim the light of my day
as if i struggled with his affliction

~ vincenzo

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