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November 29, 2008


for Alan and Eva Leveton and Victoria Mycue


From many angles, points of viewing, the rainbow is there.
I always try to be a glass carnation of perceptions.
My niece Victoria says changing cannot be forced.

You have to be realistic about what you are seeing
trying to accept and understand even when not agreeing.

What makes all the colors in rainbows? I don’t live in the past.
The past lives on in me, many ways of seeing, many me’s.
I live in the now, but who am I? Stories, some, get highlighted.

I have to become realistic about what I am seeing.
Living now, who am I who am influenced by these stories.

From each viewing step, something is highlighted. And angle.
Some things are obscured when we focus elsewhere.
When what is love is damaged there can be anger, eruptions.

I am influenced by other people’s stories as other peoples do.
Others combine, collide, ally, curdle, become crazed in me.

Our grandparents’ blossoms. allegiances, angers can be we.
You have to be realistic about what you are seeing, she says,
trying to accept and understand even when not agreeing.

I’d asked if peace was possible, not “were” it possible.
I asked where’s a pulse for peace fearing there was none.

Eva and Al, dear friends, said peace—she wrote “pulse”—
is often hard to find and you had to keep feeling around,
gently. Then feel some more. Never give up on the double P.

Victoria, dear niece, says be realistic about your seeing,
trying accepting, understanding even when not agreeing.

Edward Mycue 29 November 2008

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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

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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