A Lump of Coal

A lump is no big deal. A lump of coal

is not enough to heat a single room

much less an house. It’s insignificant

unless it’s in a stocking Christmas Eve.

And what about a lumpy gravy? It

will taste as good as one without the lumps.

A lump is really just a minor thing.

Unless you’re sleeping on a lumpy bed

a lump is really not that big a deal.

Until you find a lump. And then it is.

It doesn’t matter where it is. It’s there.

It shouldn’t be. How long has it been there

before you noticed it? A day? A year?

And is it just a lump or something else?

And has it grown since you first noticed it?

It’s just a lump you tell yourself. It’s just

a lump. It’s insignificant. A lump.

It’s no big deal. It’s just a lump.

It’s just a lump. It’s just a lump. It’s just . . . .

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