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To His Abscess

Here's my dearly departed friend Tom Wobker (right) with office mate Ron Nicklas at Pennaluna & Co in downtown Coeur d'Alene. This SR file photo was taken in 1993, or about the time that Tom and I began collaborating to publish poems by the mysterious Bard of Sherman Avenue.
Here's my dearly departed friend Tom Wobker (right) with office mate Ron Nicklas at Pennaluna & Co in downtown Coeur d'Alene. This SR file photo was taken in 1993, or about the time that Tom and I began collaborating to publish poems by the mysterious Bard of Sherman Avenue.

So many people will now gain
from thee, my swollen pile of pain:
the doctor and the nurse I'll pay
to make sure that you go away;
the tech who's paid to run the test;
the clerk who sends out that request;
the pharma firm that sells the med;
the drugstore too will get some bread.
You're so much more than blood and pus --
you're economic stimulus.

Tom Wobker, The Bard of Sherman Avenue




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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