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February 1986


you sit across from me

speaking at your turn

proceeding quite well

until you say a line

that leads all to laugh


you pause


of their/our need to laugh

but then a surprise

as it goes too far


anger flits across your face

or it looks as such

while others laugh

you sit silent


you think you are

and I believe you are right

and I sympathize with you

but as you thought before

we all have needs

for laughter



Janet was leading our Young Adult Bible

study when we misused one of her statements.


You sit Across from Me
A poem by Peter Rhebergen

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