Over the Counter
These repairs are guaranteed
For as long as you own the appliance,
Said the ninety-two-year-old
Repairman, smiling.
Silence. Then the long exchange of stares
Of those who make repairs.
Formalities for a thing redeemed
Brought a second thing, bestowed:
The shop door rang a tiny bell,
Closed the moment's double take
Of one who would make his own defiance
So beguiling.
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