On Being Guilty of Schadenfreude

Schadenfreude is a word you may have heard before,
Meaning:  to derive pleasure from misfortunes of friends.
Today when I went to the bagel store
I met a man I hadn’t seen in ten years or more
and we talked of old times and new trends.


We parted and said “Let’s do lunch”—not meaning it,
But as I left him our past wasn’t what I recalled.
Instead I thought, I can’t help overweening it,
He’s fatter than me—and bald.


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