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Non Sequitur
by O. Norman Shands

Driving to the office with troubled mind,
He pondered the strangeness of their exchange.
Concerned, she had asked if he was happy.
Like a preacher, he had responded,
"Happiness is a by-product of right choices;
I don't stop to check on it often."
Her angry response: "You think you are so perfect!"
Seemed to him a non sequitur.

The exchange was disturbingly familiar.
She had asked the same question as a new bride,
And he had given the same reply.
A student then, he hadn't understood
That she was asking, "How'm I doing?'
Since her mission as a wife
Was to make her husband happy.

Suddenly, it seemed to him that his was the non sequitur.

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