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January 21, 2019


I don't think I ever saw this!
Of course, with my memory I'm not sure I remember what a peach is.

Love these rhymes, esp "bets/Let's" and "Queen City/Walter Mitty."
(The latter pair really go together; more's the pity.)

(As do "Cincinnati" and daring to eat a peach.
You can spend a career here, pretending to teach.)

"Teacher" is such a drippy word.
"Hey, don't step in that turd!"

Is about all anyone can really teach ya.
I'd rather go see a double feacha,

with Fred & Ginger, Barbara Stanwyck, or John Wayne--
even S.Z. Sakall, Spring Byington, or Marjorie Main.

But I'd settle for a Tom Seaver extra-inning thriller
with my old pal Dave and "Cuddles" Sakall. And maybe Phyllis Diller.

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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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