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Willard Munsen

We always stopped for coffee
at the corner store
to start the hour drive north.
Maggie Pitchford loved her caffeine
despite the doctor’s orders;
the hospital was more bearable
with a cup and conversation
on the way.

Everyone knew me as a careful man,
but it only takes one mistake.

I lie here now in memory
of my failure:
no car is invincible
when pulling in front of
a semi-trailer.

Michelle Muenzler (drachin8)