Scruples (a poem by Chris Kirkpatrick)

I have them
In a jar
And let them out
To breathe:
                      such
Is the extent
Of their excursions.
 
Otherwise,
They just sit there
On the mantle—
 
Staring back at me.


Chris Kirkpatrick is the author of two books of poetry, Learning to See from the Blind and Mixed Metaphors and is currently working on his third.

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