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Saturday in Aspen

Dear Editor:

The time I spent in Aspen

Fog covered early streets

By noon the sun emerged and gave way

Once again to busy buyers

Merchandise carried in heavy bags

Clerks run for the demanding mob

Designer handbags of every color

Spectacles of fashion, blue, crimson and saffron

All align into a millipede of shovels and rakes

One thousand legs connected to the great beast

It devours first store then boutique

Turn away but do not run

The animal overtakes with dire certainty

And none would fall victim more easily than your wife

Plastic melded to cutlery and shield

Used rusty blades litter spotless walks

Make peace for as all your departure nears

Your finances may have gone

But your self-respect is still in the toilet

James Thurston ©

Basalt


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