change of heart

having unwrapped the sugar
   as if fearing each fold
         might     trigger
                an         explosive       device

  he stirred the coffee
         hoping to bore a hole
             straight through to the saucer
                                           or
                            perhaps
         hoping the teaspoon
                   might be blunted into
                          a shovel
                                                               to dig
                              something
                      or other

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