by Annette Snyckers

This one emigrates to Canada,
that one returns from Germany,
some retire by the sea,
others among the vineyards.
Address lists always strive
to reach a state of order,
but it is rare for all the listed
to stay where they are and rest a while.

All this moving about
necessitates some rubbing out
or an ugly line
to obliterate the previous abode.
Especially annoying are the ones who die,
they thoroughly upset the order.

Electronic lists provide solution:
No rubbing out, no lines,
you simply press “Delete”.

I find that hard to do.


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