A Holiday Tradition

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Every year
on the Friday
after Thanksgiving
I visit the Racine Public Library.

It’s a perfect day for it, except
that it’s closed.

As I chain my bike to the rack, I notice
the parking lot is empty, and the lights
inside are out, but

I still press my face
against the window

like maybe it’s open, but
it’s closed.

—Dan Nielsen, Racine