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December 10, 2013


I will greet Lou Belmont and defeat the fright
that links our hospitals with our funeral homes.
Do not resist a lonely impulse of delight.

The brute left his signature in the form of a bite
on the butt of a tourist picked up in Rome,
who wanted to meet Lou Belmont and repeat the fright. . .

How many times must you cross picket lines
before they call you a 'scab'?
How many boils must erupt till you know
you have to have tests in the lab?
How many drinks on the rocks must go down
before someone calls you a cab?

The answer, my friend, is pissing in the wind;
the answer is pissing in the wind.

Brilliant! Both of yas -- or all tree.

Thank you, thank you, the meds finally kicked in--remember, we're here till Friday--tip generously--

Write on! (Right on.)

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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