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Mixed Messages

ISSUE:  Fall 2022


Cézanne doesn’t paint what he sees.
His apples are orange.
Machiavelli doesn’t write what he
Believes to be true; The Prince
Was ironic, meant to expose & condemn
The powerful, not to encourage them. 

I don’t always say what I mean
Or mean what I say, Machiavelli
Wrote to a friend. 
All of my mixed messages are true.

We play house in our secrets. 
I wash the lies in the sink 
& hang them in the sun.



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