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    The Things I Didn’t See
    By: J. J. Close


    Friday morning all I saw were things I didn’t see,
    Which is kind of crazy, but you’ll have to bear with me.
    I walked downstairs to find my mama cutting daddy’s hair,
    He was sleeping rather peacefully in his lazy chair.
    She told me it was just a joke, and mama wasn’t mean,
    And then she said I didn’t see what I’ve so clearly seen.

    I went into the backyard to play fetch with our dog, Spike,
    And then I saw our next door neighbor messing with a bike.
    He flattened the back tire, then he looked at me and said,
    I’d rather not ground my son, so I’m doing this instead.
    He said that this was it; it was the last and final straw,
    Then he told me that I didn’t see what I just clearly saw.

    Back inside the house I saw my brother in his room,
    He was spraying down the cat with some of mom’s perfume.
    I looked at him jaw dropping and then he said to me,
    “Becca, please just go away, there’s nothing here to see.”

    I then went to the kitchen to see what grandma was cooking,
    I must have caught her by surprise thinking no one was looking,
    ‘Cause as if to make us all believe her cookies were top-notch,
    She was emptying two packages of chocolate butterscotch.
    She told me that she sends her cookies to a special store,
    Where they’re packaged and delivered to people door to door.
    She said that it’s a secret and that I would break the law,
    Unless of course I didn’t see what I clearly saw.

    So I went up to my room thinking that I’ve had enough,
    Wondering how it’s even possible to un-see all this stuff.
    But when I finally got there I noticed something weird,
    My dog was chewing up my shoes, or so it had appeared.
    For when I told him what he did was very, very mean,
    He barked at me as if to say “you saw not, what you’ve seen.”

    © J. J. Close

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