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A Cockamamie Diagnosis | A Poem by Donal Mahoney

In a life with many valleys
and a few mountaintops
Alvin has met many people
he thought were normal
and others he thought not.
If a man enjoys people
their stars shine in the sky
from different angles.
They are all wonderful,
Alvin tells everyone.

For years he’s asked doctors
where on the Milky Way of
normal and abnormal
his star shines but no
doctor would ever say.
They don’t want to be sued,
Alvin tells everyone.

A doctor he admired
told Alvin he was a star
betwixt and between
normal and not.
A cockamamie diagnosis,
Alvin tells everyone.

It was given to him by a man
with degrees all over his wall,
one of which on Alvin’s last visit
he turned upside down and
security guards carried him
out of the office down three
flights of stairs while Alvin
yelped and waved his arms.
The guards did the right thing,
Alvin tells everyone, saying
I’m no star betwixt and between.

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