Sunday, September 6, 2020

Guide to Rational Thinking

A man gets on the train 
wearing shoes made of duct tape
and a straw fedora covered with sequins 
in a pattern of stars and stripes.
Along with his knapsack, he lugs 
a gold painted folding chair
and one of those sticks 
with pincers on the end
for grabbing things. 
He plops down with his stuff,
taking up five seats, 
rummages in his bag
and pulls out a paperback copy
of Dr, Albert Ellis's 
Guide to Rational Thinking 
He spends the rest of the ride
reading it, smiling to himself 
from time to time, 
like he's remembering some
delightful secret

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