Not the dreaded Friday 13th.

I have a persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear
of an approaching date that’s dangerously near.
It will hit us shortly before the next week-end
but though we ask people about how they intend
to behave on that fateful day, and not lose hope,
we still do not know if everyone is able to cope.
Forget what you hear about triskaidekaphobia,
this term has been superseded by dodecaphobia.
I have a terror that on the 12th inst a big quake
will happen and we will be lumbered with a rake.
You may be curious but it is no use asking me
who that selected individual might possibly be.
I am one of those foreigners who in their defence
say they have to be neutral and sit on the fence.
The choice by the people will not be the same
so insert on the.…….. line your favourite name.
© Luigi Pagano 2019

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You have such a gracious way of giving rhythmic voice to the both the everyday and less commonplace with equal skill. I so enjoy reading your delicious work, Luigi.



What a clever spin on current events right from the title onwards! An interesting read Luigi. Much enjoyed. Warm Regards, Gomathi.

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