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Cynically Yours, Sometimes

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It was when

I was reading an Agatha Christie

And someone near Jane Marple

Maybe a nephew

Said of her

She is the most cynical person

He (pretty sure it was a he)

Knew

And I thought

Cynicism might be useful,

After all

A quality to keep us sharp

To keep us skeptical

About what we know

And we perceive

In short, cynicism’s smart

And we are smart to

Apply the

Quality, hone it to a talent

On reserve

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C L Couch

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a companion piece to clcouch123.wordpress.com/2022/03/25/give-it-up/

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Christie as a young woman, 1910s.

The Christie Archive Trust, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=96725181

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