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Espionage by Don Thompson
published in Volume 10, Issue 3 on December 31st, 2003

It gets to you: an insignificant disappointment, an insult
not worth a second thought--like someone you'd never look at twice,
someone like Julius Rosenberg, who comes and goes unnoticed
with his cheap suit, scuffed shoes, and flat affect,

slipping your deep secrets into his briefcase
(everything from minor embarrassments to unrequited lust
you should have run through a shredder long ago
and not locked up for safe keeping in your limbic system)

and passing them on to his handler, that pale apparatchik
hidden somewhere in your mind, somewhere you'd never think of,
who stays awake all night examining documents,
too shrewd for dreams, a realist exhilarated only by treason.


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