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The Thin Black Line

It is amazing the difference

moving a pencil line an eighth of an inch

makes in a message--like traveling from 

Hawaii to the North Pole.


The pencil stroke is profound and absolute.
Under it speaks approval and agreement,

or with the tiniest elevation shouts 

disagreement and denial.

Yes--it makes

all the difference in the world

whether you underline words

or mark them out.

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