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July 14, 2009

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Tres bien!

I love Charles Trenet's "La Mer." And this is going to sound weird, but when I was reading this earlier, right when I got to the line about Obama throwing out the first pitch, the announcer said the exact same thing, almost as if he was reading your poem out loud, to me, from St. Louis.

I wrote this poem in "real time." Of course all poems are written in "real time." But this one I wrote directly on the blog. Like saying "no hands" as you ride your bike while your mother watches and smiles on command and you are eight years old what took you so long?

That's what Joan Mitchell said about her painting when it was working: it's like riding a bike with no hands.

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