The Hermit Convention

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Stephen Kampa

The Hermit Convention


      From WiFi basements, caves and trailer parks,
      Down from their stylish pillars, out of the blue,
      The hermits are arriving. Sure enough,
                At first they have to suffer
      Through frigid icebreakers, silence, and a few
                Rebarbative remarks
      From mossy-bearded bards with halitosis;
      But after lunch, the t-shirt free-for-all,
                And some judicious doses
      Of welcome Johnnie Walker (neat), the ball

      Starts rolling. Wandering ascetics jog
      In groups, comparing orthopedic soles;
      Recluses swap their . . .
      . . . . . . .
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