Hot Cocoa Surprise

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The combination of a cold day

and hot cocoa can do the damage.

The pain is a bee sting

sharp for an instant that dies down,

but throbs for hours.

The shock is my little brother

lurking around the kitchen corner with

last year’s Halloween mask on his head.

The brown stain on my shirt is

a flashing neon sign that says,

“Hey look, this idiot burnt her tongue.”

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