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March Comes In Like A Lion

By Gerard Sarnat

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Fingers Are Crossed Until

Spring Vacation Soon

 

Among their mosaics of tattoos

piercings plus unopened books

scattered here on room floors

 

our grandchild college enrollees

I presumed look somewhat as if

appears your basic student gear

 

which today may include Narcan

kits still leftover from Christmas

stocking stuffers --- stocks

 

that will be replenished oy when

both girls and boys go home for

ritual Easter chocolate lambs

 

but keeping it real, this Friday

March 1 A.M., their parents

worry simply about tonite

 

while they are urging offspring

who might have already run

out, to take advantage of

 

new legit drugstore O.T.C.’s

availability by just dropping

by well as reassuring kids

 

we’ll reimburse all credit card

charges no matter high costs

...in pursuit harm reduction

 

mitigating trips toward dim S.R.O.

along this Rogue River tributary

after picking up *clean needles

 

gauges, cookers, pipes, Fentanyl

test strips, hand sanitizer (Christ

now offered gratis in Oregon!)

 

as Lazarus wonder-drug Naloxone

hopefully’s employed--reversing

O.D.s to resurrect young lives.

 

*list from E. Tammy Kim’s

Do No Harm, New Yorker,

22 January, 2024

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