When the words won’t come,
finger the coins in your pockets,
fingerprints brushing across
e pluribus unum.

Rub the copper of pennies
like a genie’s lamp.
When she appears,
ask for inspiration.

Ask for the ability
to write something
so definitive that
the world will stop
SpInNiNgSpInNiNgSpInNiNg
for a nanosecond.

With your two remaining wishes,
ask for something fun
and something sobering.

Then walk away,
leaving pennies
in your wake
as
Hansel&Gretel
should have left
crumbs.

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