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December 03, 2017

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I am Ashberyed by higher math. Lower math, too.

From an old poem of mine ("Straight Life")--
And you took my fingers in your mouth
and bit my knuckles,
abjuring their hairiness,
and I tied your hair in a knot,
palms caressing your face,
your tongue, my ear,
and I told you how much I loved
all the ash trees and blue berries,
and how we'd have a home in them
and raise a shortstop or two
if the cards continued to be dealt
as they had, so far, this July.

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