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Responses, reliable for decades
Can shift like slate underfoot
Shift slight enough that
Balance not lost
It may pass unremarked
A dip in enthusiasm for travel
A latte
A cousin

A twinge in the spine
A longing for rain

Alan Cohen has been composing poems for decades. He was poetry editor of his high school magazine, had a poem in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1977 and one in The Road Not Taken in 2017, and edited The Beast in a Cage of Words, a book of poems about nuclear weapons. He is a retired physician, teacher and primary care manager.  He has been married to Anita for 40 years and they live in Eugene, Oregon.


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